The Jays have all but conceded the closer role to Jason Frasor.  They must love Frasor’s witticisms!  See if you can trade Kevin Gregg for Nadir Bupkus.  Otherwise, I’d drop him as soon as it’s official, which it may be by the time you read this.  Gregg’s not worth the stack of napkins you’re using until you buy more toilet paper.  I moved Frasor up my Closer Look from the other day.  His days of brain freezing could be behind him quickly; he can easily be a donkeycorn by May.  Gregg isn’t much of a challenge to Frasor and Gaston seems content with Downs in middle relief.  Anyway, here’s what else happened over the weekend in fantasy baseball:

Jon Rauch – The Twins are going with the dreaded closer-by-committee.  (Rauch moved down that same Closer Look.)  Matt Guerrier will see some save chances, Jose Mijares could see some situational saves, but I think Rauch will see the majority.  I own Rauch and Guerrier in different leagues.  If there’s one bullpen that can pull through losing their closer, it’s the Twins.  In years past, I’d say they definitely would ride it out, meaning no trade.  But they’re opening a new park and I think they want their fans to think they’re out there trying their best, so I think they acquire a closer, namely Heath Bell.  When will they acquire him or someone?  Either very soon, or June assuming they’re still in the race.

Cliff Lee – To start the year on DL.  Did I not call this or what?!  I didn’t, actually.  I did say something to the effect, “If I believe in Cliff Lee this year, he’s going to let me down.”  And that’s me paraphrasing me!  I told you I called it… Kinda.  Supposedly, the Mariners are looking to acquire a starter with this injury to Lee.  That’s not good.  Why are the Mariners looking for pitching help if they trust Lee to be okay in a week or two?  Probably because they don’t think Lee’s going to be okay in a week or two.  Weak, indeed.

Ian Desmond – You can’t spell Nationals without Ian! (From Nationals, you could also spell, Nasal Into, the Indonesian tissue manufacturer.)  Desmond won the starting shortstop job.  Look at the Nats making sense.  I already went over Desmond’s sleeperitude.  He’s a 10/20 guy, i.e., a cheap Asdrubal. (<– Sounds like a condition that Nasal Into could help with.)

Roy Oswalt – Hamstring tightness, while easy to chew around on the Hormel, not great on pitchers.  Oswalt says he’s going to be fine to open the season.  I have my concerns.

Milton Bradley – Announced he will bat cleanup for the Mariners.  Pretty ironic considering what a mess he is personnel-wise.

Russell Branyan – Will begin the season on the DL.  LaPorta will get a chance to Pipp him and if that doesn’t work out, he’ll have a place in the outfield.  LaPorta is a decent sleeper as an endgame flier.  Could easily have 20+ homers in his bat.  Though, not sure if his upside is anything more than Ludwick.

Austin Jackson – Officially named leadoff hitter and center fielder.  Now he just needs to live up to his predecessor, Curtis Granderson.  Word is there’s a fiddy percent chance he’ll change his name to Curtis Jackson.

Ian Kennedy – With his strong spring, he snagged the 5th starting spot in the desert.  He’s a solid flier in 12 team mixed leagues as I pointed out in the starters to target post.

Jason Heyward – That noise you heard on Friday was a thousand Yeti mitts clapping for Heyward as he was named the Braves’ Opening Day RF.  (No, not Ralph Furley.)  When I wrote up the Jason Heyward 2010 Fantasy Outlook post in November, I kinda thought he was going to make the starting lineup out Spring Training, so nothing changes from that post.  When you’re done reading it, this will all still be here.  Promise!

Ian Kinsler – Out for a few more days after having an injection in his foot.  They should’ve asked Hamilton, he can easily find a vein between toes.  I will say this in an upcoming post, but I’ll give you a sneak here.  Spoiler Alert!  If Kinsler isn’t good in April and has a poor 2nd half as he’s had in the past, that doesn’t make for a good season.  Cust kayin’.

Ben Zobrist – Looks slated to be the Rays’ three hitter and headed into the outfield, which brings us to…

Sean Rodriguez – Seems like he’s going to be the starting 2nd baseman for the Rays.  I love punting MI when drafting.  Sean-Rod is on the radar now, big time.  I’m going to leave his projections at the top 20 2nd basemen post alone, even though they’re for only 400 ABs.  I won’t believe he’s going to get 401 at-bats, until he gets 401 at-bats.  Nevertheless!  He’s got some security now cause he’s in the hunt for 401, ‘kay?

Jaime Garcia – La Russa says Garcia is not officially the 5th starter yet.  I’m not sure it’s a matter of time either, but Garcia’s still in the running.  Or throwing, I guess.

Jeff Clement – All but confirmed he’ll be the starting 1st baseman.  Could easily be a top ten catcher this year just because of how many ABs he’ll get vs. most catching options.  Rudy dropped Iannetta from one of our teams for Clement.  I put up a small fight and lost.  Right now, Iannetta and Clement are tomato-tomahto, but they could easily be tomato-Olivo’s stealing all my tomahtos.

Dallas Braden – Has a staph infection.  This is following a (probably) unrelated condition where he lost feeling in two of his toes last year.  This feeling has not returned and causes Braden to lose control of at least one pitch a game.  Is it me or does this sound like it’s headed to a TV movie of the week starring Danny Masterson?

  1. Terrence Mann says:

    Nationals is also an anagram for

    Slain a ton

    Insert Nationals win-loss joke here.

  2. Ja ckie says:

    Who would you rather have Jeff Nieman or Ian Kennedy?

  3. and1mcgee says:

    grey, i’m glad i stayed up and read this… i hate a droobling ass with my breakfast…

    could you rank s-rod between two other 2Bs? thanks…..

    desmond (Yahoo! has him 2B and SS), s-rod, mcgehee/kjohnson ?

    of course this is if he DOES have the 2B job… and keeps it.

    and could you explain the .250 you predicted him @? is this due to the PCL bandboxes/he hits mainly for power/his “show” experience (dreadful) so far/umm the economy??? uhh unemployment… healthcare… tiger woods/jesse james….

    sorry, i had a CNN/E! News brain mixup

  4. and1mcgee says:

    @Jackie Niemann.

  5. Chris says:

    Also an anagram for I Salon Tan.

    Jersey Shore joke maybe?

  6. atomeka says:

    Given Clement’s ABs will he be a better option at C than Napoli or does his upside fall short of Napoli’s value?

    Since Napoli won’t play every game is it worthwhile to drop Chris Davis as my lone bench hitter for Clement? Thank you.

  7. Steve says:

    I just dropped Latos for Kennedy because an exploding post-it note told me:

    “Latos (elbow), who tossed a bullpen session on Saturday, is now likely to begin the season in Triple-A Portland, the North County Times reports.”

    But for all you Yahoo-ers with SP/RP/P slots, be aware that Kennedy is currently RP-eligible only. Needs 3 starts for SP eligibility.

    Grey – I’m guessing that on the basis of track record, you’re liking Kelly J over Desmond for right now in leagues where I-Des is 2B-eligible? Happy to be convinced otherwise…

  8. Bill says:

    Grey –
    I just drafted a team for a 5×5 12 team league full of players that I like, but a team I really don’t.

    C – Kurt Suzuki
    1B – Adrian Gonzalez
    2B – Dan Uggla
    SS – Hanley Ramirez
    3B – Ian Stewart
    OF – Curtis Granderson
    OF – Hunter Pence
    OF – Nate McLouth
    Util – Vladimir Guerrero
    Util – Johnny Damon
    Bench – Chris Davis, Ian Desmond , Alcides Escobar
    SP – CC Sabathia, Johan Santana, Josh Beckett, Roy Oswalt, Ted Lilly, Jonathan Sanchez
    RP – Francisco Rodriguez, Frank Francisco, Octavio Dotel

    The obvious problem is that my team batting average could very likely fall below Jason Heyward’s body weight this season. Should I try trading out of my pitching surplus for *shudder* Chone Figgins for high average at the corner, shop Hanley for a Wright/Utley player, place a voodoo curse on Clint Barmes so Eric Young can get the starting position and fix all my problems, or say, “Screw it, grey loves Ian Stewart, I shouldn’t be so worried about him?”

  9. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    16-team H2H-POINTS League

    With Latos hurt/being sent down, I need a replacement arm for my last starter, (until Lilly comes back). All yawnstipating options, but who do you dislike the least?

    Colby Lewis
    Wade LeBlanc
    Carl Pavano
    Ryan Rowland-Smith
    Jason Marquis
    Barry Zito

  10. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    16-team H2H-POINTS League

    A-Rod is my 3B. Ryan Zimmerman is my MI/CI. Beckham will be my 2B in a few weeks once he’s eligible, so I have to pick up a scrub like Adam Kennedy or Skip Shumaker until then. I could also use some SP help.

    What do you think of Zimmerman FOR Brett Anderson & Jose Lopez?

    Or do I stand pat, stream my 5th starter, and bite the bullet for a few weeks with a weak 2B until Beckham is eligible?


  11. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @atomeka: i wouldn’t consider clement until i got past mauer, vmart, mccann, wieters, napoli, suzuki, soto, and montero. after those guys though, i’d consider using clement, or at least consider have clement on my bench as a backup. clement hasn’t been very good this spring, so everything is just speculation. keep an eye on him, but if you got napoli, it’d take an incredible start by clement for me to consider dropping napoli for him.

  12. Eddy says:

    Ugh, this Kinsler news is killing me. I have him in two of my leagues (including the RCL!). I’m pretty sure he’s going on a 6 day DL stint to start the year.

    But enough of that. With my four drafts officially done, I’d like to say thank you Grey. Finding this website back in late December has made me feel like an expert! Not only am I confident with all of my teams, I think I have a good shot at winning all of them too. This truly couldn’t have been done without you, Rudy, and all the guest contributors to Razzball. I look forward to the rest of the season with you and all my fellow razzballers. You can be sure that a daquiri is coming your way pretty soon. Once again, thank you very much, your work is majorly appreciated by everyone here at Razzball.

  13. atomeka says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Thanks. I had an itchy trigger finger for no good reason and needed to be talked out of it.

  14. Jesse says:

    I’m in a points league (1-4 pts for 1B-HR, 2pts for R, RBI, SB, 1 pt for BB, HBP), and I’ve been offered a package that essentially boils down to Jason Bartlett for JJ Hardy. I’ve been worried ever since the draft that Hardy wouldn’t rebound from last year and will kill me as my SS, but is Bartlett going to do what he did last year again? Is this a no-brainer based simply on the fact that Bartlett is slated to bat 6 spots higher in the order than Hardy and will therefore get 100-120 more PAs?

  15. JRT says:

    Hey all. I have Scutaro currently in MI position, with both Desomnd (brotha) and Sean Rod available. In a vacuum, who is more valuable? Longer leash?

  16. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Bill: I like your team. Nice starting pitching. But as a guy with a weakness for slap-and-speed OFs, I say to you: I think you have a weakness for slap-and-speed OFs.

    Pence, McLouth, AND Grandy? With Damon in reserve? I’d sure like to see a slowfooted, 40-bomb farmboy like Adam Dunn nestled in there somewhere.

    @Grey: My draft is this week. Jeff Clement is now officially my Punted Catcher. Extra ABs for a C are huge — no more routine DNPs on Sunday day games. Now I’ll get 0-for-4s! Kidding!

    I think Clement reaches 20 bombs. You know* — like Pauly Shore’s career.


  17. Bill says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins

    Oh, I’d love to see Adam Dunn in there as well – But can you imagine what my team BA would fall to? It’s why I passed on Swisher, and why I picked up Vlad in lieu of someone who still has functioning knees, I was just trying to salvage my batting average.

  18. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: while he has no serious power threats in the OF, i’d say grandy, pence, and mclouth all have a a great shot at 25+ HRs if healthy and given full ABs. and all 3 will contribute in SBs too. so i wouldn’t call these guys “slap and speed” like i would borbon or pierre or ellsbury or even crawford.

  19. MikeE says:

    I have two spots left in my rotation for my 5×5 roto league. I’m trying to decide between Pineiro, Rzypczinski, and Neftali Feliz. My other pitchers are Josh Johnson, Billingsley, Shields, Slowey, Blanton, and I have Cordero and Goinzalez as closers. Which two of those three do you think I should go with?

  20. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    Grey, you can’t go ambivelant on us! You didn’t give a clear yes/no so I went out and drafted Lee. According to AP, Lee is being treated with “platelet-rich plasma injection therapy to treat the injury.” Maybe a little HGH thrown in the mix as well. Along with Kinsler on my RCL, this is already a double whammy.At any rate, Lee was gonna go on a five day suspension for trying to doink Chris Snyder; why he would want to throw at somebody’s head in Spring Training is beyond me. Sounds a bit like Roid Rage. BTW, Several of the Pseudo’sperts at ESPN are already comparing Heyward to Hank Aaron. Karabell is already pushing his case for the Hall of Fame. Better clue in Rudy on that one. That was a cruel dinger about Josh, but funny as hell. Great job, but for once, missed the heading completely. Please give it out before days end.

    You should have a top ten ratings for the potential Nadir Bupkis award. Special kudus for whoever drafted him in Razzball league.

  21. Charlie says:

    Projected Line for Desmond:

    48 Rs, 15 SBs, 16 HRs .230 Avg .420 Slugging

    on a side not, Everth Cabrera an obvious drop for Ian Desmond?

  22. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @MikeE: not joel

  23. Martin says:

    @grey- Should I pick up sean rodriguez or travis snider?

  24. sean says:

    @MikeE: The bigger question is why do you need seven starters in a 5×5 league? You aren’t light on Ks and you’re going to seriously damage your ERA and WHIP to chase some extra Ws.

  25. sean says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: Isn’t that the same treatment that Reyes got last season so that he could quickly overcome his calf/hamstring issues? Lee coming to the Mariners in a big deal should have been enough for you to know to stay away (Erik Bedard anyone?).

  26. Jesse says:

    @Martin: I’ve managed to find space for both on my squad, but if you can only take one I think Snider’s the no-brainer decision, assuming all positions are equal on your squad. PECOTA’s liked him for two years, expecting power to come early and AVG to come later. Hitting 5/6 for the Jays though, I think he could put up 85 RBI to go with 27 HRs without breaking a sweat.

  27. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @sean: it’s always nice to have a couple of backups. i mean, guys fall off in production, especially SPs every season. i know i wouldn’t trust blanton blindly enough to trot him out there without some kind of insurance policy.

  28. ThePoonTycoon says:

    i am in need of SBs in a roto league. keep desmond and see what he does or drop him for maybin in hopes he breaks out this year?

  29. Eric says:

    I drafted over the weekend for a 10 team mixed roto league. I know in a shallow league like that you need to be strong everywhere. Any comments/suggestions are appreciated:

    C – Clement, Jeff
    C – Montero, Miguel
    1B – Howard, Ryan
    2B – Utley, Chase
    SS – Ramirez, Alexei
    MI – Uggla, Dan
    3B – Wright, David
    CI – LaRoche, Adam
    OF – Choo, Shin-Soo
    OF – Crawford, Carl
    OF – Lee, Carlos
    OF – Markakis, Nick
    OF – Upton, Justin
    U – Gonzalez, Carlos

    SPs : Johan Santana, Cliff Lee, Clayton Kershaw, Cole Hamels, Ricky Nolasco, Ben Sheets, Ted Lilly, Aaron Harang, Phil Hughes, Aroldis Chapman, Justin Masterson

    RPs: Billy Wagner, Rafael Soriano, Mike Gonzalez, Frank Francisco

    Any 9 pitchers can be active any given week, so a lot of those pitchers are reserves. I’m a bit concerned about my batting average. Should I be? Where do you see strengths and weaknesses?

  30. mrbaseball says:

    Except for Padilla – in auction league – he cost me 99 cents

    for those who are keeping score this is how much the players went for in my 16 team roto auction draft – my players show up as Moe

    Draft Results

    3. Albert Pujols $49 The Brute Squad
    19. Chase Utley $44 NewBVick
    7. Hanley Ramírez $44 NewBVick
    27. Prince Fielder $44 N.1.A.K.
    38. Tim Lincecum $41 Ellsbury Dough Boys
    35. Ryan Braun $41 The Big Nasty
    71. Kevin Youkilis $40 Hughes on First
    8. Álex Rodríguez $40 Okinawa Corals
    39. Mark Teixeira $39 Hughes on First
    51. Ryan Howard $39 moe
    20. Evan Longoria $39 The Big Nasty
    41. Joe Mauer $37 NewBVick
    58. Brian McCann $36 Okinawa Corals
    40. Zack Greinke $35 N.1.A.K.
    25. David Wright $35 Conando
    5. Miguel Cabrera $34 Rolen in my 64
    55. Adrián González $34 The Big Nasty
    4. Roy Halladay $34 Snooki’s Hot Box
    36. Matt Kemp $33 Hughes on First
    21. Matt Holliday $33 Okinawa Corals
    59. Troy Tulowitzki $33 Able Team
    14. CC Sabathia $33 Oral Hyjinx
    43. Félix Hernández $32 CRP/CharliesHustlers
    52. Justin Upton $32 The Big Nasty
    67. Carl Crawford $32 Okinawa Corals
    37. Joey Votto $31 Hughes on First
    24. Chris Carpenter $30 N.1.A.K.
    103. Adam Dunn $30 Rolen in my 64
    10. Pablo Sandoval $30 Conando
    23. Ryan Zimmerman $30 moe
    83. Derek Jeter $30 Rolen in my 64
    62. Grady Sizemore $29 Rolen in my 64
    33. Víctor Martínez $28 Jay Bruce Almighty
    79. Adam Lind $28 Snooki’s Hot Box
    54. Dan Haren $28 Oral Hyjinx
    87. Jon Lester $28 Hughes on First
    82. Curtis Granderson $27 moe
    53. Mark Reynolds $27 Jay Bruce Almighty
    46. Ichiro Suzuki $27 Ellsbury Dough Boys
    104. Clayton Kershaw $27 Jay Bruce Almighty
    75. Adam Wainwright $26 moe
    28. Jacoby Ellsbury $26 Jay Bruce Almighty
    17. Ian Kinsler $26 Conando
    45. Nelson Cruz $26 moe
    42. Dustin Pedroia $26 Mookie Style
    92. Justin Verlander $25 Jay Bruce Almighty
    115. Josh Johnson $25 Able Team
    9. Johan Santana $25 The Brute Squad
    123. Ubaldo Jiménez $25 N.1.A.K.
    68. Kendry Morales $25 Able Team
    1. José Reyes $25 Oral Hyjinx
    72. Shin-Soo Choo $25 Mookie Style
    88. Jayson Werth $25 CRP/CharliesHustlers
    98. Yovani Gallardo $24 Rolen in my 64
    31. Tommy Hanson $24 Able Team
    18. Ben Zobrist $24 Jay Bruce Almighty
    26. Robinson Canó $24 Hughes on First
    34. Josh Beckett $23 CRP/CharliesHustlers
    30. Derrek Lee $23 CRP/CharliesHustlers
    49. Aramis Ramírez $22 The Brute Squad
    85. Cliff Lee $21 Jay Bruce Almighty
    110. Chone Figgins $21 NewBVick
    56. Andrew McCutchen $21 The Brute Squad
    74. Jason Bay $21 Mookie Style
    44. Nick Markakis $20 Jay Bruce Almighty
    69. Justin Morneau $20 Mookie Style
    119. Ricky Nolasco $20 Okinawa Corals
    50. Mariano Rivera $20 The Brute Squad
    73. Jimmy Rollins $20 Conando
    86. Bobby Abreu $20 CRP/CharliesHustlers
    11. Gordon Beckham $20 moe
    80. Torii Hunter $19 CRP/CharliesHustlers
    131. Jonathan Broxton $19 NewBVick
    15. Aaron Hill $19 Snooki’s Hot Box
    101. Cole Hamels $19 Conando
    99. Billy Butler $19 Okinawa Corals
    78. Denard Span $19 Conando
    2. Chad Billingsley $18 CRP/CharliesHustlers
    126. Andre Ethier $18 Able Team
    47. Carlos Peña $18 Mookie Style
    117. Wandy Rodríguez $18 Rolen in my 64
    155. Chris Coghlan $18 Able Team
    136. Jake Peavy $18 Okinawa Corals
    95. Scott Baker $17 Conando
    90. B.J. Upton $17 Okinawa Corals
    132. Adam Jones $17 Oral Hyjinx
    114. Matt Cain $17 CRP/CharliesHustlers
    199. Martín Prado $16 Conando
    138. Jonathan Papelbon $16 N.1.A.K.
    133. Brett Anderson $16 Mookie Style
    94. Carlos Lee $16 The Brute Squad
    106. Manny Ramírez $16 The Brute Squad
    102. Raúl Ibañez $16 Oral Hyjinx
    96. Lance Berkman $16 Oral Hyjinx
    120. Jason Bartlett $16 Mookie Style
    171. John Danks $15 Oral Hyjinx
    65. Michael Young $15 Jay Bruce Almighty
    84. Matt Wieters $15 Snooki’s Hot Box
    57. Brandon Phillips $15 The Brute Squad
    12. Jason Heyward $15 Hughes on First
    174. John Lackey $15 Able Team
    64. Shane Victorino $14 Oral Hyjinx
    32. Howie Kendrick $14 Hughes on First
    159. Nyjer Morgan $14 CRP/CharliesHustlers
    151. Jay Bruce $14 CRP/CharliesHustlers
    143. Brian Wilson $14 Snooki’s Hot Box
    135. Josh Hamilton $14 Mookie Style
    100. Javier Vázquez $14 The Big Nasty
    149. Matt Garza $14 moe
    183. Gavin Floyd $14 Conando
    130. Jered Weaver $14 Mookie Style
    129. Hunter Pence $14 Able Team
    107. Yunel Escobar $14 Okinawa Corals
    127. Rajai Davis $14 moe
    175. Jorge Cantú $13 Snooki’s Hot Box
    164. Carlos González $13 Rolen in my 64
    122. Jair Jurrjens $13 The Big Nasty
    89. Brian Roberts $13 Ellsbury Dough Boys
    22. Francisco Rodríguez $12 NewBVick
    165. James Shields $12 Mookie Style
    97. Chipper Jones $12 Mookie Style
    66. José Valverde $12 The Brute Squad
    76. Asdrubal Cabrera $12 Able Team
    116. Ryan Ludwick $12 Ellsbury Dough Boys
    140. Rick Porcello $12 Snooki’s Hot Box
    139. Dan Uggla $12 Oral Hyjinx
    148. Heath Bell $12 Oral Hyjinx
    194. Carlos Zambrano $12 The Brute Squad
    226. Roy Oswalt $12 Conando
    163. Joakim Soria $12 moe
    203. Kyle Blanks $11 N.1.A.K.
    147. Andrew Bailey $11 Snooki’s Hot Box
    162. Trevor Hoffman $11 Rolen in my 64
    109. Jason Kubel $11 CRP/CharliesHustlers
    200. Max Scherzer $11 Mookie Style
    152. Francisco Liriano $11 Rolen in my 64
    118. Elvis Andrus $11 Jay Bruce Almighty
    244. Chad Qualls $11 Rolen in my 64
    187. Rickie Weeks $11 Rolen in my 64
    204. Billy Wagner $11 Able Team
    121. Alexei Ramírez $11 The Brute Squad
    60. Julio Borbón $11 Ellsbury Dough Boys
    265. Brian Fuentes $11 Oral Hyjinx
    63. Nate McLouth $11 Snooki’s Hot Box
    239. Ted Lilly $11 Snooki’s Hot Box
    220. Ryan Franklin $11 Able Team
    169. Edwin Jackson $10 The Big Nasty
    168. Rich Harden $10 Mookie Style
    112. Michael Cuddyer $10 Oral Hyjinx
    209. Erick Aybar $10 The Big Nasty
    227. Francisco Cordero $10 N.1.A.K.
    188. Rafael Soriano $10 Able Team
    91. Todd Helton $10 CRP/CharliesHustlers
    210. Phil Hughes $10 N.1.A.K.
    124. Brad Hawpe $10 CRP/CharliesHustlers
    184. Tim Hudson $9 NewBVick
    81. Adrián Béltre $9 Ellsbury Dough Boys
    181. A.J. Burnett $9 NewBVick
    178. Matt Thornton $9 Snooki’s Hot Box
    166. Marco Scutaro $9 Snooki’s Hot Box
    137. José López $9 Snooki’s Hot Box
    179. Ryan Dempster $9 Ellsbury Dough Boys
    224. Bobby Jenks $9 Jay Bruce Almighty
    6. Stephen Strasburg $9 Okinawa Corals
    219. Plácido Polanco $9 The Big Nasty
    158. Miguel Montero $9 N.1.A.K.
    185. Carlos Quentin $9 Conando
    256. Mark Buehrle $8 NewBVick
    230. Nolan Reimold $8 N.1.A.K.
    172. Frank Francisco $8 Conando
    214. Randy Wells $8 The Big Nasty
    284. Dexter Fowler $8 Able Team
    243. Hiroki Kuroda $8 NewBVick
    145. Álex Ríos $8 Ellsbury Dough Boys
    283. Kevin Slowey $8 moe
    201. David Price $8 moe
    206. Miguel Tejada $8 moe
    195. Carlos Mármol $8 moe
    70. Garrett Jones $8 Hughes on First
    176. David Aardsma $8 Mookie Style
    233. Scott Kazmir $8 Mookie Style
    113. Alfonso Soriano $8 The Brute Squad
    202. Kevin Correia $8 Snooki’s Hot Box
    150. Everth Cabrera $8 N.1.A.K.
    271. J.A. Happ $8 Snooki’s Hot Box
    146. Michael Bourn $8 N.1.A.K.
    216. Jorge Posada $8 Rolen in my 64
    268. Daniel Bard $7 N.1.A.K.
    167. Ian Stewart $7 Able Team
    249. Brandon Webb $7 The Brute Squad
    142. Mark DeRosa $7 Oral Hyjinx
    198. Orlando Cabrera $7 Ellsbury Dough Boys
    232. Chris Pérez $7 Mookie Style
    208. Derek Lowe $7 Oral Hyjinx
    207. Franklin Gutiérrez $7 Snooki’s Hot Box
    225. Vernon Wells $7 NewBVick
    196. Jorge De La Rosa $7 Conando
    242. Jonathan Sánchez $7 N.1.A.K.
    157. J.D. Drew $7 Rolen in my 64
    223. Leo Núñez $7 The Big Nasty
    287. Josh Willingham $7 Snooki’s Hot Box
    250. Ryan Theriot $7 Hughes on First
    276. Drew Stubbs $7 Able Team
    257. Adam LaRoche $7 Snooki’s Hot Box
    177. Carlos Beltrán $7 N.1.A.K.
    180. Johnny Damon $6 Ellsbury Dough Boys
    236. Mike González $6 Able Team
    154. David Ortiz $6 Ellsbury Dough Boys
    193. Juan Pierre $6 Hughes on First
    111. Justin Duchscherer $6 Snooki’s Hot Box
    248. Brian Matusz $6 NewBVick
    29. Randy Wolf $6 Ellsbury Dough Boys
    289. Juan Rivera $6 The Big Nasty
    259. Huston Street $6 The Big Nasty
    228. Stephen Drew $6 The Big Nasty
    215. Colby Rasmus $6 Conando
    286. Nick Swisher $6 Okinawa Corals
    251. Joba Chamberlain $6 Conando
    105. Corey Hart $6 Ellsbury Dough Boys
    191. Cody Ross $6 Snooki’s Hot Box
    170. James Loney $6 Ellsbury Dough Boys
    128. Mike Lowell $5 Oral Hyjinx
    231. Magglio Ordóñez $5 NewBVick
    261. Ervin Santana $5 Okinawa Corals
    279. Austin Jackson $5 Jay Bruce Almighty
    16. Russell Martin $5 Oral Hyjinx
    141. Ryan Madson $5 Mookie Style
    266. Alex Gordon $5 Jay Bruce Almighty
    217. Geovany Soto $5 Conando
    192. Jeremy Affeldt $5 The Brute Squad
    108. Jason Frasor $5 The Brute Squad
    125. Rafael Furcal $5 CRP/CharliesHustlers
    182. Mike Napoli $5 The Big Nasty
    61. Clay Buchholz $5 CRP/CharliesHustlers
    77. Neftali Feliz $5 Ellsbury Dough Boys
    281. Octavio Dotel $5 moe
    161. Vladimir Guerrero $5 The Brute Squad
    273. Paul Konerko $5 NewBVick
    253. Brad Lidge $4 The Big Nasty
    282. Matt Capps $4 Jay Bruce Almighty
    246. Aaron Harang $4 Ellsbury Dough Boys
    277. Ricky Romero $4 The Big Nasty
    134. Shaun Marcum $4 Rolen in my 64
    254. Mat Latos $4 The Big Nasty
    205. Brandon Wood $4 N.1.A.K.
    290. Michael Wuertz $4 Ellsbury Dough Boys
    144. Matt Guerrier $4 Oral Hyjinx
    247. Luke Gregerson $4 Conando
    262. Ben Sheets $4 NewBVick
    285. Maicer Izturis $4 Ellsbury Dough Boys
    325. Wade Davis $4 Rolen in my 64
    48. Felipe López $4 Oral Hyjinx
    241. Conor Jackson $4 Rolen in my 64
    310. Jeff Niemann $4 Rolen in my 64
    186. Bengie Molina $3 Oral Hyjinx
    160. Jon Garland $3 Oral Hyjinx
    197. Peter Moylan $3 N.1.A.K.
    235. Casey McGehee $3 N.1.A.K.
    267. Ian Desmond $3 N.1.A.K.
    298. J.P. Howell $3 N.1.A.K.
    229. Jon Rauch $3 Hughes on First
    272. Scot Shields $3 Oral Hyjinx
    288. Bronson Arroyo $3 Oral Hyjinx
    240. Cristian Guzmán $3 Oral Hyjinx
    173. Mike Adams $3 Jay Bruce Almighty
    300. Matt Lindstrom $3 Mookie Style
    292. Homer Bailey $3 moe
    280. Marc Rzepczynski $3 Mookie Style
    264. Ryan Doumit $3 Mookie Style
    93. Chris Davis $3 Mookie Style
    245. Ramón Hernández $3 moe
    213. Nick Masset $3 moe
    260. Takashi Saito $3 Ellsbury Dough Boys
    221. Franklin Morales $3 CRP/CharliesHustlers
    270. Daniel Murphy $3 The Big Nasty
    190. John Maine $3 The Brute Squad
    274. Johnny Cueto $3 Ellsbury Dough Boys
    252. George Sherrill $3 Able Team
    295. Milton Bradley $3 Mookie Style
    312. Brandon Lyon $3 Able Team
    234. C.J. Wilson $3 Jay Bruce Almighty
    297. Barry Zito $2 Hughes on First
    258. Joe Blanton $2 Ellsbury Dough Boys
    314. Chris Young $2 NewBVick
    156. LaTroy Hawkins $2 Ellsbury Dough Boys
    328. Gerardo Parra $2 The Brute Squad
    237. Kevin Kouzmanoff $2 The Big Nasty
    323. Ryan Rowland-Smith $2 Conando
    318. Adam Kennedy $2 Rolen in my 64
    211. Kurt Suzuki $2 The Brute Squad
    278. Kerry Wood $2 CRP/CharliesHustlers
    305. Aroldis Chapman $2 Able Team
    296. Erik Bedard $2 CRP/CharliesHustlers
    311. José Mijares $2 N.1.A.K.
    153. Alcides Escobar $2 Mookie Style
    218. Kosuke Fukudome $2 NewBVick
    291. Fernando Rodney $2 CRP/CharliesHustlers
    333. Ian Kennedy $2 Able Team
    222. David DeJesús $2 NewBVick
    238. Jermaine Dye $2 N.1.A.K.
    356. Clayton Richard $1 Jay Bruce Almighty
    362. Nick Blackburn $1 Jay Bruce Almighty
    351. Scott Sizemore $1 Jay Bruce Almighty
    322. Scott Rolen $1 Rolen in my 64
    350. Sean Burnett $1 Rolen in my 64
    359. Dustin Ackley $1 Jay Bruce Almighty
    355. Orlando Hudson $1 Rolen in my 64
    342. Brandon League $1 Rolen in my 64
    334. Scott Feldman $1 Jay Bruce Almighty
    309. Casey Blake $1 Rolen in my 64
    365. Brandon Inge $1 Jay Bruce Almighty
    275. Yadier Molina $1 Ellsbury Dough Boys
    343. Brett Gardner $1 Jay Bruce Almighty
    315. Jason Motte $1 Snooki’s Hot Box
    360. Carl Pavano $1 Okinawa Corals
    363. Jonny Gomes $1 Okinawa Corals
    357. Randy Ruiz $1 Okinawa Corals
    352. J.J. Putz $1 Okinawa Corals
    347. Clint Barmes $1 Okinawa Corals
    366. Dan Runzler $1 Okinawa Corals
    367. John Grabow $1 Okinawa Corals
    308. Matt LaPorta $1 Conando
    321. Juan Gutiérrez $1 Conando
    294. Troy Glaus $1 Conando
    263. Jason Hammel $1 Conando
    368. Kenshin Kawakami $1 Okinawa Corals
    339. Joel Piñeiro $1 Okinawa Corals
    329. Trevor Cahill $1 Okinawa Corals
    320. Matt Maloney $1 Hughes on First
    331. Todd Coffey $1 Hughes on First
    307. Chris Young $1 Hughes on First
    293. Ian Snell $1 Hughes on First
    324. Jack Cust $1 N.1.A.K.
    341. Joe Saunders $1 Hughes on First
    349. Fausto Carmona $1 Hughes on First
    364. Kevin Gregg $1 Hughes on First
    212. Chris Iannetta $1 Okinawa Corals
    361. Jarrod Washburn $1 Hughes on First
    358. John Lannan $1 Hughes on First
    354. Buster Posey $1 Hughes on First
    332. Justin Masterson $1 Conando
    301. Chase Headley $1 The Big Nasty
    348. Hideki Okajima $1 moe
    353. Darren O’Day $1 moe
    340. Mike Cameron $1 moe
    330. Vicente Padilla $1 moe
    319. Jhonny Peralta $1 moe
    299. Edinson Vólquez $1 Able Team
    335. Daisuke Matsuzaka $1 Able Team
    327. Sergio Romo $1 NewBVick
    337. Scott Downs $1 NewBVick
    316. Nick Johnson $1 NewBVick
    303. Lastings Milledge $1 NewBVick
    344. Hideki Matsui $1 Able Team
    306. Kelly Johnson $1 moe
    346. Carlos Gómez $1 The Brute Squad
    189. J.R. Towles $1 CRP/CharliesHustlers
    269. Edwin Encarnación $1 CRP/CharliesHustlers
    13. Ángel Pagán $1 CRP/CharliesHustlers
    336. Michael Brantley $1 The Big Nasty
    326. Mark Teahen $1 The Big Nasty
    313. Skip Schumaker $1 CRP/CharliesHustlers
    255. Matt Diaz $1 Snooki’s Hot Box
    338. Grant Balfour $1 The Brute Squad
    317. Pedro Feliciano $1 The Brute Squad
    304. Andy Pettitte $1 The Brute Squad
    302. Marlon Byrd $1 Snooki’s Hot Box
    345. Tony Sipp $1 NewBVick

  31. Krys says:

    Prado or Sean Rodriguez?

  32. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @sean: You are correct! Reyes eventually needed surgery to clean up scar tissue around torn hamstring. However, the Mets medical staff has reached levels of quackery rarely before seen on a Major League level. I believe that Lee is the first to have have what they call PRP treatment for abdominal issues. Lee has had chronic abdominal issues over the years, which I was unaware of. I wasn’t afraid of Safeco; the Orioles suckered the Mariners into taking an already compromised Bedard. Lee did fine in Citizen Bank Park, which is rough for lefties. But I do have a bad feeling about this…

  33. polczek5 says:

    I have the first pick in a 15 team snake draft tonight. No CI or MI, only 3 OF and 2 Util. I’m taking Pujols, then hoping for Zimmerman at the turn. Given the more shallow positions and the extra Util spot, am I crazy for considering Votto if he’s around for the 3rd pick (31 overall)? Otherwise I’d probably go with Phillips, but I think there are a lot of power upside 2B that will be around for a while (Uggla, Stewart, S-Rod). I guess the general questions is, with a shallower league in terms of positions to fill, are you more likely to take a “best available” approach and give less weight to position scarcity?

  34. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Eric: team looks loaded to me, even for a 10 team league. avg shouldn’t be an issue, as only uggla and maybe clement will be drains on it (whose 2nd C isn’t gonna suck at something??), and you counter them with utley, wright, crawford, lee, choo, and markakis, all guys with near or above a .300 career avg.

    biggest concern i see if health of your SPs between johan, lee, sheets, and lilly. if 2 of those 4 stay healthy and pitch healthy all season though, you should be fine.

  35. Jobu's Rum says:

    Anyone have an idea as to who will replace Bell if he’s traded? I’m thinking Mike Adams. I have Luke Gregerson now, but am thinking of dropping him for Ian Kennedy (I love NL West SPs).

  36. nick m. says:

    Which side would you prefer in a trade for H2H 5X5 (categories)? [McCann, R. Zimmerman, M. Cabrera, Markakis, B. Webb] or [Posada, ARod, A. Gonz., Cruz, Oswalt]. I’d be getting the former with Cano, Reyes, Holliday, Bruce as my remaining core.

  37. TY says:

    @grey: wondering why you say heyward is like braun (at least for the future) but if he made the team in your sleeper post he’s a 12/20 candidate? No more than 12 HR’s this year? Just because he’s a rook?

    and WOW mr. baseball, you might have just won longest post ever…. forums? haha…

  38. Eric says:

    @Poon: Thanks for the feedback. I’m always taking gambles with pitchers. Hope it works out this year.

  39. Kgatch says:


    Guy in my league is offering Billy Butler, Jay Bruce and Heath Bell for Justin Morneau. I already have Tex at 1B.

    Is this deal a no-brainer? My only reservation is Butler, I’m not sold.

  40. Suck My Wieters says:

    @Grey and whoever else

    12 team, head to head league with the following stats:

    Runs (R), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Walks (BB), Batting Average (AVG), On-base Percentage (OBP), Slugging Percentage (SLG)

    Wins (W), Losses (L), Saves (SV), Walks (BB), Strikeouts (K), Earned Run Average (ERA), (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP), Strikeouts per Nine Innings (K/9)

    What do you think?

    1. (8) Chase Utley 2B
    2. (17) David Wright 3B
    3. (32) Justin Morneau 1B
    4. (41) Joey Votto 1B
    5. (56) Clayton Kershaw SP
    6. (65) Jason Bay OF
    7. (80) Kendry Morales 1B
    8. (89) Matt Wieters C
    9. (104) Denard Span OF
    10. (113) Julio Borbón OF
    11. (128) Jered Weaver SP
    12. (137) John Lackey SP
    13. (152) A.J. Burnett SP
    14. (161) Gavin Floyd SP
    15. (176) David Price SP
    16. (185) Chad Qualls RP
    17. (200) Jason Frasor RP
    18. (209) Miguel Tejada SS
    19. (224) Ryan Madson RP
    20. (233) Clay Buchholz SP
    21. (248) J.D. Drew OF
    22. (257) Felipe López 2B
    23. (272) Ricky Romero SP
    24. (281) Sean Rodriguez OF
    25. (296) Daniel Bard RP

  41. Suck My Wieters says:

    Sorry, forgot to mention, picks 1-5 were keeper picks.

  42. Tarasco'sSecretStash says:

    Nothing but rainbow and puppy dog news on Clement and Sean Rodriguez, I just drafted both of ’em.

    @ Grey: you like Ian Kennedy or Jammel better to close out a rotation? HRA’s count against…also, Kouzmanoff or Edwin Encarnacion as a punted third baseman? Thanks!

  43. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: I’d worry that a 3-man OF that gives you a total of 75 HRs is going to cripple you in that category (and the other offensive stats as well).

    I’m looking for a 100 HR OF, if I can get it (and this year I think you can, with guys like Quentin or Bruce late), with my speed from the IF.

  44. PaddyTwoTimes says:


    Long time reader, first time commentor. Love the site. Just drafted in a 12 team H 2 H 6 x 6. Here is what I got. Please let me know what you think: 4 OF 2 Util

    C: Iannet (284)
    1B: A. Gonz (20)
    2B: B. Phil (29) Maybe a reach
    ss: Reyes (44)
    3B: A. Rod (5)
    OF: Lind (68)
    OF: Ethier (92)
    OF: Car Go (140)
    OF: Rasmus (188)
    Util: J. Lopez (Sea – 125)
    Util: J. Pierre (236)
    BN: E. Cab (245), Chris Davis (269)

    SP: Wainwright (53), Cole (77), Wandy (101), Slowey (164), Liriano (221), Clay Buch (260)
    RP: Valver (116), B. Wilson (149), Dotel (173), Aards (212)

    Thanks and keep the good stuff coming!

  45. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: Check out Hank Aaron’s Age 20 season (468AB/.280/13/69) and you’ll get a sniff of what Heyward is (and isn’t) capable of this year. 20 is very, very young.

  46. Moth says:

    Looking for some advice. I’m in a 6×6 head to head keeper league with OPS and quality starts as the extra categories. Also net SB and net Saves. A few surprise drops came up and I’m not sure what way to go as I woefully played my way into the #1 pick last year.
    My 7 keepers are:

    R. Halladay
    D. Haren
    BossMan Jr.
    K. Morales
    C. Quentin
    Aramis Ramirez
    A. Soriano

    Not great I know. The cream of the draft pool is.

    Z. Greinke
    N. Cruz
    A. Ethier
    B. Roberts
    A. Hill

    Greinke seems obvious but I have 2 aces and there are a lot of “If I don’t get a pitcher from the previous tier, I’ll need someone from this tier.” tier pitchers in the draft pool. But with those keepers I need a sure thing. Any advice

  47. ABell says:

    Hey grey, in a 12 team H2H, would you drop furcal and take a gamble on ian desmond or wait and see?

  48. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Moth: I’m not a keeper-league expert, but with that crop, Greinke is so far head and shoulders above the others I can’t see how you pass him up. That’s what #1 picks are for, after all.

    Worse case, you trade a starter for a hitter that’s two classes above any of Hill, Cruz or Ethier.

  49. KarlJ. says:


    I agree with PoonTycoon, your team looks loaded. I really like your top 5 SP’s and your OF.
    I think you might be a little light on SB’s from what I can see but you probably have enough to at least finish in the in the middle of the pack in that category.

  50. Eric H. says:

    @Grey: Sell high on Jason Heyward to grab Roy Oswalt?

  51. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: maybe but with uggla, hanley, and stewart/davis at 2B, SS, and 3B, i think he’s gonna have plenty of IF power (it’s hard to imagine a more power heavy IF at those spots unless someone has both utley and tulo along with a top 6 3B). it anything, i’d hope to upgrade my UTIL spots.

  52. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Moth: draft grienke, then see if you can trade haren + soriano for someone like holliday.

  53. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Eric H.: I’d wait, let the hype build, and aim higher. Oswalt ’10 is not your father’s Oswalt.

  54. Matthole says:

    @ paulie…why the long face? Nadir bupkus is available to replace kinsler and you and Fred can have a tug of war over Maine and cj Wilson to replace lee… more week!

  55. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: One other stray thought on the slap-and-speed crowd.

    In my experience, balanced players are good to own but impossible to trade. Midseason, if you’re looking to cook up a swap, it’s easy to approach someone and say “You need HRs. I offer Uggla.” Or “You need steals. I offer Bourn.”

    It’s really hard to say, “You need better balance. How about Hunter Pence?”

    No one looking to address one category ever salivates for an middling-across-the-board guy.

  56. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Ja ckie: Kennedy

    @and1mcgee: Johnson, Desmond, Sean-Rod… He doesn’t look like he’s going to be solid in average.

    @Chris: Ha!

    @Steve: Yup, Johnson

    @Bill: You do have pitching surplus, but I don’t think Figgins is that best use of that.

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): Lewis

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): I’d want Zimmerman there.

    @Eddy: Aw, thanks, Eddy, that was nice of you to say.

    @Jesse: I’d want Bartlett there.

    @JRT: Desmond

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Ha!

    @MikeE: Feliz isn’t starting the year as a starter.

    @Paulie Allnuts: You missed the heading? Frazier – Diane Chambers.

    @Charlie: I wouldn’t.

    @Martin: Sean-Rod

    @ThePoonTycoon: Maybin’s going to give more speed, same to drop Desmond though.

    @Krys: Sean-Rod

    @polczek5: You shouldn’t be filling up UTIL on the 3rd draft pick.

    @Jobu’s Rum: Adams

    @TY: Cause he’s like 12 years old.

    @nick m.: Too many guys.

    @Kgatch: I’d take the Butler side.

    @Tarasco’sSecretStash: Kouz/Kennedy

    @Suck My Wieters: Looks like you went the safe route over the flashy, upside route, which is cool. Might not be the most exciting team, but could work out for you.

    @PaddyTwoTimes: Thanks for the kind words! I like your hitting a lot, good solid core with some upside guys later on. I think Lopez could probably fill in for Phillips on a H2H team and lose the steals from B-Phills, then you trade Phillips for a piece you really need. Right now, it’s nothing, but it will be something at some point, it always is.

    @ABell: Wait and see.

    @Matthole: Ha!

  57. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Eric H.: yeah, i hold out on trading heyward now, cause if he has a big april, no telling what kinda SP you could get for him. maybe even something like lester or gallardo or hamels??

  58. PaddyTwoTimes says:


    Thanks Gray; you are the only fantasy commentator that actually responds. I like it.

    One last question when you get a chance…has Wandy scared you at all this spring or is it just spring?

  59. quimmy says:

    Which side would you rather be on in a 14 team 5×5 roto league:

    Jroll/Phillips/Crush Davis


  60. Bill says:


    So would you advise sitting put and seeing what happens, or is there someone who would be a better target?

  61. Commish Cauda says:

    16-team H2H-POINTS League that uses HOLDS and BLOWN SAVES in addition to SAVES

    We start 5 SPs and 2 RPs. I own both Soria and Wagner. I’m a little weak at SP.

    Trade Soria for Tim Hudson, or aim a for a little better SP?

    There are a lot of high upside MRs still available to fill Soria’s spot, (Mike Adams, Jim Johnson, League, Motte, Putz, Sherrill, Medlen, Neshek, JP Howell)

  62. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Matthole: The headlines will be brutal for you: “C.J. & Maine No-No on the same day! Who would ‘a thunk?” Fred and Paulie!!!

  63. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @quimmy: HanRam/Votto, by a lot.

    Don’t trade quality for quantity before Opening Day.

  64. Martin says:

    @grey- Sean rod or La porta (branyan is on the dl)

  65. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Frasor has been named Toronto’s closer by manager Cito Gaston, the Calgary Sun reports. “Jason Frasor was my closer last year and he hasn’t done anything to lose the job,” Gaston said.

  66. Tom Emanski says:

    Ugh, I have Oswalt. I knew this would happen and it’d be a long season with him. I can’t even trade him because the word is out.

  67. Jake in Columbus says:

    Ian Desmond = Demand Is On, plus 2115 other options.

  68. John says:

    Hey grey i was wondering if you could give me some comments on my team as to what i need to improve… its a 14 team league and i had the 14th pick

    C: Ianetta (239)
    1B: M. Cabrera (14)
    2B: I. Stewart (99)
    3B: D. Wright (15)
    SS: Andrus (98)
    OF: Granderson (42)
    OF: Bruce (126)
    OF: Quentin (154)
    UTIL :Reimold (210)

    SP: Verlander (43)
    SP: Hamels (70)
    SP: Nolasco (71)
    SP: Slowey (155)
    RP: Marmol (127)
    RP: Capps (238)

    BN: Cueto (182), Price(183), Buchholz (211), Perez (266)

    Im worried about being light on steals and what Reimold has to offer but he fell so much i jumped on him but theres still guys like Rasmus and ever cab on waivers cause the league really values SP so i reached early to get a solid roster there

    Last question with clement getting everyday ABs being at first and Ianetta splitting time you still like Ianetta over Clement?

  69. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Grey: Yeah, we all knew it was imminent. I just figured the “official word” was worth a comment post. I finally let Chapman loose in the 5 of my 9 leagues where Frasor was still available. I figure, a “secure” closer is worth a lot more than a possible “stud-to-trade-before-he-burns-out”.

  70. Nate Marcum says:

    Setting up the roster for the first week, and have a few options. I am thinking that I should go for power potential first, and bulk up on speed later, thoughts?
    Ramon Hernandez CIN
    C UT Bench J.R. Towles HOU
    1B CI UT Bench Albert Pujols STL
    2B MI UT Bench Jose Lopez SEA
    3B CI UT Bench Ryan Zimmerman WAS
    MI SS UT Bench Stephen Drew ARZ
    2B MI UT 3B CI Bench Ian Stewart COL
    1B CI UT Bench Paul Konerko CWS
    OF UT Bench Jayson Werth PHI
    OF UT Bench Grady Sizemore CLE
    OF UT Bench Denard Span MIN
    OF UT Bench Adam Jones BAL
    3B CI UT OF Bench Chase Headley SD
    MI SS UT Bench Everth Cabrera

    Bench…..Dexter Fowler

    Do I put Fowler in for Cabrera or leave it put.

  71. timSTi says:

    @Grey: Had my 10 team draft last night. 5×5 Roto. Going from 3 keepers last year to 7 keepers this year. I didn’t have my 2nd or 4th picks so I reached a little with Lester and Phillips as my first two picks. Other than that I’m pretty happy. I know my average is terrible but I think my power numbers can easily outweigh that.

    C: Miguel Montero
    1b: Albert Pujols (Keeper 1)
    2b: Brandon Phillips
    3b: Kevin Youkilis (Keeper 2)
    SS: Alcides Escobar
    MI: Ian Stewart
    CI: Robot Jones
    OF: Nelly Cruz
    OF: Carlos Quentin
    OF: Matt Kemp (Keeper 3)
    OF: Hunter Pence
    OF: Jay Bruce
    U: Chris Davis
    U: Travis Snider
    SP: Jon Lester
    SP: Ricky Nolasco
    SP: Scott Baker
    SP: Jonathan Sanchez
    SP: Johnny Cueto
    RP: Carlos Marmol
    RP: Frank Franc
    RP: Octavio Dotel
    Bn: Ervin Santana
    Bn: Gio Gonzalez
    Bn: Kevin Correia
    Bn: Franklin Morales
    Bn: Sean Rodriguez
    DL: Kerry Wood

  72. brad says:

    on the flip side, is clement a good razzball 1b option?

  73. Art Vandelay says:

    Keeper league draft results. 13 team mixed league. I managed to assumble the oldest OF in history, but I got all of them at good value picks (except Kemp, who was a keeper). We have 3 SP slots, 2 RP slots, and 4 flex pitcher spots. Comments welcome:

    C: Napoli
    1B: Pujols
    2B: Kinsler
    SS: A. Ramirez
    3B: Mini Donkey
    IF: Robot Jones
    OF: Kemp
    OF: Manny
    OF: Abreu
    OF: A. Soriano
    UTIL: EverCab
    SP: Santana
    SP: Beckett
    SP: Webb (computer malfunction choice for which I’m kicking self)
    RP: Aardsma
    RP: Nunez
    P: Price
    P: J. Sanchez
    P: Morales
    P: Correia
    Bench: Tillman, Rodney, Downs

  74. brad says:

    Just drafted 10 team 6×6 roto (OBP, OBPagainst)
    Any weaknesses I should address?

    C Matt Wieters
    1B Justin Morneau
    2B Scott Sizemore
    3B Ryan Zimmerman
    SS José Reyes
    CI Gordon Beckham
    MI Alcides Escobar
    OF Ryan Braun
    OF Justin Upton
    OF Curtis Granderson
    OF Carlos González
    Util Jason Heyward
    BN Lance Berkman

    SP Jon Lester
    SP Cole Hamels
    RP Billy Wagner
    RP Chad Qualls
    P Ricky Nolasco
    P Jered Weaver
    P Matt Garza
    BN Jonathan Sánchez
    BN Frank Francisco
    BN Trevor Hoffman
    BN Mike González
    BN Octavio Dotel

  75. Adam says:

    Just finished a draft, 12 team keeper (keep up to 6), 5×6 (holds), the league has been going for a few years and I’m joining this year, so I had a lot of picks in the early rounds where mostly everybody else had keepers…(overall draft pick numbers are including keepers, so they’re off a bit for the early rounds)

    1. (2) Joey Votto
    2. (23) Ryan Zimmerman
    3. (26) Curtis Granderson
    4. (47) Justin Verlander
    5. (50) Nelson Cruz
    6. (71) Jon Lester
    7. (74) Adam Jones
    8. (95) Ricky Nolasco
    9. (98) Dan Uggla
    10. (119) Carlos Marmol
    11. (122) Carlos Pena
    12. (143) Billy Wagner
    13. (146) Ryan Dempster
    14. (167) Elvis Andrus
    15. (170) Mike Napoli
    16. (191) Kevin Slowey
    17. (194) Matt Capps
    18. (215) Phil Hughes
    19. (218) Daniel Bard
    20. (239) Johnny Damon
    21. (242) Nick Masset
    22. (263) Garrett Jones
    23. (266) Takashi Saito
    24. (287) Dexter Fowler

    I wasn’t crazy about taking Pena or Damon, but the value seemed too good to pass up at the time…

  76. Grey

    Grey says:

    @John: I address Iannetta vs. Clement in the post above, don’t I? Your team looks very strong for a 14 team league. Your pitching’s so strong, I’m wondering how you drafted that offense, which is a good thing. Probably helps a bit there’s no MI or CI, but still your hitting is filled with good power/speed guys, minus Miggy, but it’s not like he’s bad. Even the late round starters are nice upside picks. Overall, well done.

    @Nate Marcum: Seems like this question is at least 5 days early. Fowler for Everth? They’re the same thing.

    @timSTi: Nice power/speed with the hitting. Hopefully, Alcides pans out, but he could give you headaches in a 10 team league. Nice balancing of WHIP in the pitching staff, as it looks solid. I assuming Gio’s a keeper flier, not sure it’s going to work, but can’t hurt at this point, I suppose.

    @brad: He is.

    @Art Vandelay: Yeah, with that outfield, your team is subject to breakdown at any point, then throw in Kinsler and Robot Jones and you could have hitting problems. I’d imagine the projections will say you’re fine, except for a lack of steals, but you could have bigger fish to fry. Your pitching doesn’t look that dominant either.

  77. Tom Reale says:

    Austin Jackson to bat leadoff like its his birfday…gonna play CF like its his birfday…he don’t give a Cust cuz its his birfday!

  78. Grey

    Grey says:

    @brad: Not right now.

    @Adam: Pena, Damon, Jones and Andrus are steals there. With only 6 hitters in the first 120 picks, it’s a good thing you got value from those picks otherwise your hitting would be a complete mess. As it stands now, I think you have decent hitting and very solid pitching, with 3 possibly 4 number ones.

    @Tom Reale: Hehe

  79. GTS says:

    Grey, nice post! I think you covered every Ian in the majors right now.

    Would you drop Correia for Ian Kennedy?

  80. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GTS: Ha, yeah, I think I did. No, I wouldn’t make that drop.

  81. Mike says:

    Do I drop Soto for Jeff Clement?

  82. timSTi says:

    @Grey: Thanks for the breakdown. I wasn’t sure how the team sat on speed w/o Alcides. You think he’s expendable? His only purpose is cheap steals at an MI spot. And Gio was my last pick for exactly your reasons. I don’t mind stashing a rookie who has a potential for a ridiculous K/9.

  83. Adam says:

    @Grey: I forgot to mention, there’s only 3 OF and no MI or CI, just one Util…does that make it better? I’ve been shopping Dempster around to try to upgrade somewhere, preferably 2B…I think Uggla + Pena = Me killing myself after their sixth straight combined 0/10 with 8 k’s

  84. Tom Reale says:

    @Grey: After just reviewing the Oakland A’s depth chart, it seems that they too have a staff infection.

  85. Grey

    Grey says:

    @timSTi: I think Alcides is a great late round sleeper and not expendable, but he’s better at MI in a 10 team league. I’d hold him for now.

    @Adam: It makes it better, yeah. Uggla + Pena could be trouble, yeah.

    @Tom Reale: Ha!

  86. Chicago Mike says:

    @Grey: Just finished my 12-Team H2H yahoo! league draft.

    Team: Chicago Mike
    C Geovany Soto (14th)
    1B Joey Votto (2nd)
    2B José López (13th)
    3B Ryan Zimmerman (3rd)
    SS Alcides Escobar (19)
    OF Ryan Braun (1st)
    OF Hunter Pence (9th)
    OF Julio Borbón (11th)
    UTIL Aramis Ramírez (4th)
    BN Jay Bruce (16th)

    SP Adam Wainwright (5th)
    SP Ubaldo Jiménez (7th)
    RP Mariano Rivera (6th)
    RP Carlos Mármol (10th)
    P Wandy Rodríguez (8th)
    P Brett Anderson (12th)
    P Roy Oswalt (15th)
    P Chris Pérez (17th)
    BN Johnny Cueto (18)
    BN Clay Buchholz (20)
    BN Joe Blanton (21)
    BN Phil Hughes (22)

    Team: Danny
    C Bengie Molina
    1B Albert Pujols
    2B A. Hill
    3B Youkilis
    SS Evereth Cabrera
    OF Sizemore
    OF Ethier
    OF Ibanez
    Util Berkman
    BN Rasmus

    SP Verlander
    SP Kershaw
    RP R. Soriano
    RP Street
    P Hamels
    P Sheets
    P Kazmir
    BN R. Franklin
    BN R. Wolf
    BN M. Gonzalez
    BN Lilly
    BN W. Davis

    I’m in the same league as Danny above…who’s team do you like better? What do you think of our teams? Which areas do we need improvement? I know your big on upside but I feel like I may have focused a little too much on upside. I’m not sure about my $12 dollar salad decision but the two guys I was targeting there got taken. I’m nervous about Buchholz he had a terrible spring.

  87. Tom Reale says:

    @Grey: Cheers on Dying Chambers.

  88. John says:

    Thanks for the comments Grey. I was pretty happy coming out of the draft with my team and i didnt really like the miggy pick too much but i figured at 14 i had to take him with the value i was getting there.

    And on the clement thing yeah you answered it i just had a brain fart and i just typed something different then what i had wanted to ask in my head. I actually wanted to ask you what you projected the AB’s for Ianetta and Clement would be for this season

  89. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: i have plenty of speed but in a 10 team 7×7,ss barmes,evercab or theriot?

  90. Tom Reale says:

    @Moth: Looks like you need a 2B. I would take Roberts.

  91. Howard says:

    Could you guys recommend where I can find a decent cheatsheet for a standard redraft mixed auction league? Thanks

  92. Howard says:

    Oh, and it’s a 12 team league.

  93. Matthole says:

    @Grey: Thoughts on aki iwamura as sleeper MI…he’s hitting leadoff for Bucs..thx

  94. quimmy says:

    Got this offer in my 14 team 5×5 roto league:

    I give: JRoll/Fowler
    I get: Morneau/Borbon

    My 1B now are Laroche and Crush Davis. I would slot in Ian Desmond at SS.

  95. Brian says:

    Who wins this trade?

    Matt Kemp
    Justin Morneau
    Jose Lopez
    Ryan Franklin


    Chase Utley
    Kevin Youkilis
    Chad Qualls

    I would be getting the Utley side. I have AGon as my 1B and Morneau at Utility, but this would allow me to slide in Youkilis at 3B instead of Chris Davis.

  96. metsfan says:

    Desmond, Evereth Cabrera, or Alcides Escobar?

    I need the SB, so I’m thinking Esco right now.

    Also no dropping Napoli for Clement, right?

  97. Maitland says:

    Any thoughts on Buster Posey? Likelihood of playing time if does make the team and what not?

    I currently have no catcher in my main league, gonna pick one up when Berkman starts the year on the DL. Should I pick up Posey or a bum like aj pierzynski?

  98. Ben the M says:

    Grey –

    I just drafted my 12 team 7×7 team (OPS & 2B added) and during the draft thought things were going swimmingly, however I woke up this morning and realized the my OF is terrifying. We have 4OF positions and here are all of the OFers in my roster

    Grady Sizemore
    Carlos Quentin
    Jay Bruce
    Franklin Gutierrez
    Kyle Blanks
    Dexter Fowler (likely to get dumped in favor of a pitcher)

    I look at that group and just see downside risk. Should I look to make a move for a more stable OF (Werth, Markakis, Cruz, etc…) or would you be comfortable rolling the dice with that group?

  99. BaboonHeart says:

    @Grey: What Matthole said. Aki’s an interesting WW MI.

    Also: Rate these starters in the order which you like them (H2H counting QS)
    Latos, Kennedy, Matt Harrison, Morrow, Duchscherer

    I know you’re feeling Latos, as am I especially since I’ve done biz with a guy named Latos once. Latos seems to have the best potential, but his arm’s already barking and I don’t see him throwing more than 125 innings right now.

    Guy on ESPN had a piece on Harrison which perked my interest. How’s Duch been this spring? I had him 2 years ago, so I have a soft spot there but he’s a Glass Joe.

    Kennedy looks like the AZ #3 (!) right now, and he gets to pitch against the Pods and GZA’s a lot. I was a little shocked to see how good his peripherals have been through his brief career.

    Any help’s appreciated. I’m definitely short a good arm, so I’m looking at breakout potential this year. I’d hate to have to go the way of streaming Padilla’s and Pavano’s…

  100. Maitland says:

    @Brian: Kemp side.

  101. @Grey:

    I think Kennedy is technically the #3 starter in Arizona right now? Unless he gets totally shelled I think the job is his for good just because there’s not much else behind him.

  102. BaboonHeart says:

    @Mets Fan. I’d go Esco. I whiffed on him and ended up with E-Cab and Desmond. Throw the rookies against a wall and see what sticks.

  103. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Matthole: Blech

    @quimmy: It’s fair, looks good for you.

    @metsfan: Everth — No.

    @Maitland: He’s starting the year in the minors.

    @Ben the M: On that team, Blanks should probably be the first to go.

    @BaboonHeart: Morrow, Kennedy…

    @Elijah: Gotcha.


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