I’m here in sunny downtown San Diego at the Winter Meetings and just ran into Matt Kemp. How ya doing, Matt? “I’m great, Grey, excited about continuing my career.” Which career is that, Matt? “Baseball.” Okay, great! *holds finger to ear* Sorry, hearing now there’s big breaking news! Wow! It was just reported the Red Sox have a lot of suitors for Jackie Bradley Jr. and David Price. An absolute ton of offers. Currently, 32 teams are offering packages and there’s only 30 teams, including them. That is crazy! Just going to pass through this downtown San Diego lobby and, damn it, it’s Matt Kemp again. *ducks behind a bank vault with money that is being wheeled by Brain Cashman, follows him into a room with Gerrit Cole lighting cigars rolled in million dollar bills* Gerrit Cole, “Can you change your Diamond Club to the Cole Club?” Cashman, “We can change Giancarlo to Giancole-lo if you want.” “We have a deal.” Oh my God, I snuck into the biggest signing in the history of signings! Excuse me for a second while I try to piece together some of this million-dollar-ash back into a million dollar bill. So, Gerrit Cole signs with the Yankees. He seems like he might be, I don’t know, good. There’s only one person Cole disappointed last year. “His contact rate was 66.3%? That’s next-to-last in the league! So dumb! Is he as thick as this Fribble?” That’s Ray Searage explaining pitching to a Friendly’s waitress. Luis Castillo was the only pitcher with a lower Contact Rate, but Cole’s O-Swing% was 1.4% higher. Cole was also number one in the majors for Swinging Strike percentage (16.8%). In other words, Cole induced the 2nd lowest contact while making hitters chase more than the number one guy, and made hitters swing and miss more than everyone. I’d like to thank the Academy for telling me who died last year and thank Cole for being wonderful. Cole had the best fastball (36.2 Fastball wins above average). That was the 5th best fastball since 2000. No one in the top 10 had another pitch register higher than 11.4, except Cole, whose slider was a 13. Like Leggs, Cole is sheer excellence. He had arguably one of the best pitcher seasons in the last 20 years. The Pirates got Joe Musgrove, Michael Felix and Colin Moran for him, then the Pirates turned around and traded Tyler Glasnow for Chris Archer. Pirates should sell their team bus and buy a Dodge Dart to drive around the team, because they are a bunch of clowns. For 2020, I’ll give Gerrit Cole projections of 17-6/2.61/0.93/294 in 207 IP. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this offseason for 2020 fantasy baseball:

Stephen Strasburg – Re-signed with the Nats. Usually don’t mention deals about re-signing, those will come in the rankings, but Strasburg’s a big name, so here we are. Now, if you jumped out of a DeLorean and told me you were from the future, I’d say, “Please tell me actionable future information that will help me make money and don’t simply tell me Strasburg is going to throw another 200 IP,” then you’d throw a peace sign in the air and drive off. If you were there to tell me the 200 IP tidbit about Strasburg, I’d be annoyed but would feel more confident about Strasburg being a top five starter, and not more like a top ten starter. It was five years ago when Strasburg last threw 200 IP, after accomplishing it last year. If he’s going to throw 200 IP every five years, wake me in 2025. I’ll be sleeping in my Cybertruck down by the new beach resort town of Juneau, Alaska. For 2020, Strasburg projections are 15-5/3.03/1.03/225 in 192 IP.

Nomar Mazara – Traded to the White Sox. As I’ve said about 17 times before in the last month while prefacing it by saying, “I’m not sure I’ve said this yet,” I’m liking the White Sox a lot for the 2020 playoffs. Sure, Mazara’s been failing for five straight years, so it’s hard to recommend him even as a fantasy flyer at the ripe age of–He’s only 24?! Love to see him hit more fly balls. If he can get to a 35% fly ball rate (he’s come close before) and hits 20% HR/FB again as he’s done–Well, there’s a reason why I’ve written sleeper posts for him in 2017, 2018 and 2019. For 2020, my Mazara projections are 75/22/71/.263/3 in 518 ABs.

Steele Walker – Went other way in Mazara trade. They did this trade just for the Steele Walker Texas Ranger jokes and I am 100% on board.

Tommy Pham – Traded to the Padres. Teams keep moving Pham like a game of musical chairs. Afraid that the music will stop, the fat lady will sing (without music accompaniment) and Pham will revert to the guy we thought he was a few years ago, which is not much of anything, and I sound like a broken record from previous years, so maybe some people would wish this music would stop. Pham’s launch angle and ground balls are an absolute joke. Speaking of which, I’d give you a Knock, Knock joke for Pham’s power, but it’s more like knock, forty-five ground balls, then another knock. Be well, San Diego and its multitudes of white people — I mean, have you been there? — but I don’t like Pham. I’m sorry, he is so woofy I see his falling xBA, Launch Angle, Barrel% and xSLG and I’m good, you enjoy him if you like. For 2020, I’ll give Pham projections 79/17/69/.271/23 in 579 ABs.

Jurickson Profar – Traded to the Padres for Austin Allen, who sounds like a furniture store, and we know what kind of person shops at the Jurickson store. Me. There was a reason why I drafted Profar in multiple leagues last year, but, after he burned me badly last year, how many times am I going to the well before I’m the one they use to restock the shelves at the Jurickson store? Hard to say. If I’m the Padres, I’d *pinkie to mouth* Profar Urias, but here we are. Don’t think Profar’s too old to bounce back from his dreadful 2019, where he hit .218, but dude might want to consider no longer hitting 27-foot pop-ups to 2nd base and dribblers to 1st. For 2020, I’ll give Jurickson Profar projections of 54/18/59/.231/8 in 443 ABs.

Hunter Renfroe – Went to the Rays. Cash doesn’t exactly have another decent outfielder to platoon with Renfroe, but, as Scooby Doo would say, “Renfroe!” Of course, Renfroe will be platooned. He’s always platooned. He’d get platooned in Detroit with two players you’ve never heard of before and it would make sense. For 2020, I’ll give Renfroe projections 59/28/69/.226/3 in 418 ABs.

Zack Wheeler – Signed by the Phils. Let’s do a mental health check on Wheeler. Yes, I have my reasons. Well, I have one big reason. He wanted to go to the Phils because it was near Jersey. *holds obvious Rorschach inkblot of New Jersey* Wheeler takes a moment, then, choked up and misty-eyed, “I see Valhalla.” Who knew proximity to ‘being able to obtain pork roll’ could have such sway, yet here we are. Wheeler’s had a home run allowed problem in his career and Philly would be a hell of a place for it to resurface. Also, since I’m bagging on him, let me also say he’s had one tremendous half in the last two years and a ton of iffy months around that. He also pitched well in August and September of last year, so maybe he enjoys the 2nd half. 4.69 ERA 1st half; 2.83 ERA 2nd half last year. The year before went 4.44 vs. 1.68. Can I trade for him in July? Then sign me up! Pitching being what it is, you have to take what you can get and I could see trying to get Wheeler. For 2020, I’ll give Wheeler projections of 13-8/3.67/1.22/203 in 201 IP.

Didi Gregorius – Signed with the Phils. Don’t fully understand why no one seems to like The Gregorius D.I.D. He missed half a year and still hit 16 HRs. If that were a blip, I’d write it off, but he is always a 40+% fly ball guy with 13+% HR/FB, that’s 31+ homers. He hit .238 last year, and if that was the new normal, I’d be worried, but that appears to be a blip of unluckiness. He doesn’t give a ton of steals, but 5+ steals for him is easy. Even tempering all that to 25/5/.265, what exactly has Carlos Correa done for you in the last few years? For 2020, will give Didi Gregorius projections of 66/25/81/.268/5 in 546 ABs.

Jordan Lyles – Signed with the Rangers. Mike Minor and Lance Lynn might’ve been the worst thing that ever happened to the Rangers. Now, they’re like, “Give us your tired, your weak, your wonky, and we will turn them around.” If I squint hard enough at Lyles’s stats, I’m not completely disgusted. Okay, squint and hold a hand over his walk rate. At this point in the history of terrible pitching, I’m doing a lot of squinting to try to find late gems. Jordan’s got me interested incredibly late, but unlikely drafted in 12 or 15 team mixed leagues. For 2020, I’ll give him the projections 11-10/4.31/1.31/156 in 154 IP.

Dylan Bundy – Traded to the Angels. Just got a hot tip from ESPN dot com that the Orioles have relocated their team to other teams, trading off the once-great franchise for pieces. Bundy sent to Anaheim for a matching tea set and Villar out the door for, appropriately enough, a screen door. Oh, hold on a second, hearing now they will trade you Ryan Mountcastle for a case of Old Bay seasoning. It’s important stuff to have when you’re trying to prepare crabs, so I can understand it. Any hoo! Bundy goes to the Angels just in time to breakout. He’s not a free agent until 2021 and his stuff finally seems to be coming together. Seriously, how do you trade him away now? After countless terrible years! It’s like the O’s are other teams’ minor league affiliate. Bundy still is a work-in-progress — 9 K/9, 3.2 BB/9 and 4.73 FIP with way too many homers allowed. Angels Stadium of Los Angeles Not Los Angeles could help, and I could see a super late flyer. For 2020, I’ll give Bundy projections of 9-12/4.34/1.36/181 in 179 IP.

Zack Cozart – Traded to the Giants for cash considerations. The Angels will be receiving a thoughtful contemplation that will go like this, “Angels are asking us to consider giving them cash for Cozart. I will let them know no, but we considered it.” If the Giants have any sense in their much-smaller-collective-head-without-Bochy, they won’t play Cozart.

Kevin Gausman – Signed by the Giants. Mostly due to his new park and guaranteed role in the rotation, this is an interesting flyer. Someone has likely done this research already, but it would be fascinating to see how long it takes a starter to get stretched out again after spending an extended period of time in middle relief. Mike Minor comes to mind as a guy who needed one full year back in the rotation before he was fixed, but Gausman didn’t spend the whole year in middle relief. Well, by contemplating it we are not going to figure it out, so moving on! For 2020, I’ll give Gausman projections of 7-9/4.09/1.30/126 in 131 IP.

Omar Narvaez – Traded to the Brewers. His value just went *insert emoji of Jim Cramer hemorrhaging*. Narvaez has been a steal in draft prior to this news, and I imagine this won’t move the needle that much since he’s still a catcher. Last year, in a terrible lineup, platooning with Tom Murphy, in an awful park, Narvaez hit 22 homers and .278 with neutral luck on average and possibly low HR/FB%. In other words, Narvaez could be a top three catcher this year without much changing about him except a better team and park. For 2020, I’ll give Narvaez projections of 66/24/76/.281 in 414 ABs.

Ronny Rodriguez – Acquired by the Brewers to play the role of Hernan Perez. I would’ve went with character actor extraordinaire, Luis Guzman. For 2020, will give him projections of 38/12/40/.246/5 in 283 ABs.

Jake Marisnick – Acquired by the Mets. This brings *nick back to New York where he first acquired the asterisk. Obviously the Mets are trying to acquire Billy Crystal as a fan.

Alex Avila – Signed with the Twins. They have a catcher who prorates his last year stats to 60+ homers (Garver) and the Twins must, must, must increase their bench with Busts of Catchers Past.

Mike Moustakas – Signed with the Reds. The Reds love them some infielders. Allow me to list: VanMeter, Galvis, Votto, Eugenio, Kyle Farmer, and now Moistasskiss. That’s six, after releasing Jose Peraza, and not counting Psycho Killer, who sees the occasional start at 1st base. VanMeter could see some time in the outfield, though the Reds have six of them too. Cincy is resurrecting the Big Red Machine, only this time it is just the actual size. *chisels statue of Aristides holding globe on his shoulders* That’s Aristides, the Punisher. Sorry, my lack of knowledge about Greek mythology will always be my Achilles’ heel. Any hoo! Moistasskiss is about as locked into production as you can find. He’s basically the Reds’ Eugenio but at 2nd base. For 2020, I’ll give Moustakas projections of 77/34/90/.252/3 in 570 ABs.

Cole Hamels – Signed with the Braves. Damn, the Braves are a smart organization. I’m not suddenly head over heels for Hamels, calling myself Toe Camels, and picking wedgies out of my crotch from excitement, but, for real baseball, this is just a smart move. He’s a 3.42 ERA career pitcher across almost 3,000 IP, and remarkably consistent year in and year out. Especially smart for a one-year contract. What downside is there? I’m gonna answer for you, none. Of course, for fantasy, he did lose some velocity and wasn’t able to locate as well as usual. He is going to be 36 years old, so not expecting an ace, but I don’t hate the flyer at the right price. For 2020, I’ll give Cole Hamels the projections of 12-9/3.94/1.34/148 in 159 IP.

Jonathan Villar – Acquired by the Marlins. I was driving the Villar bus hard last year. I wrote a sleeper post about him; told everyone to draft him; started a move on dot org petition to get him to hit leadoff and have 700+ plate appearances. It all worked! You people drafting him in the top 25 overall this year have literally lost your mind. Go to the nearest library, because that’s the only place I know left with a Lost & Found and ask them if you can look into their cardboard box of lost notebooks and mittens for your brain. The Marlins are about as good a landing spot as you’re gonna find for him. He won’t be challenged for playing time. It’ll also dip his runs and RBIs a hair. Speaking of hares, Villar’s fast, right? Well…I think I’m going to have to write a Villar schmohawk post, so I won’t go too deep into the weeds here, but I’ll leave you with this. He ranked 182nd overall in sprint speed, about the same as Mike Tauchman. Um, WUT. For 2020, I’ll give him the projections 84/16/68/.257/31 in 564 ABs. On a related note, that’s sad for me, and might be for you, Jon Berti is now a Roamer-slash-Utility guy. He could still get 500+ ABs, but now needs an injury or an insane April. He’s got no room to fail, and, although I still like him, this might cut his projected ABs. Also, since we’re on the Marlins, they want to get Isan Diaz 500+ ABs. Will they? Depends what he does in April.

Jesus Aguilar – Claimed by the Marlins. They might’ve got Jesus as a backup plan because everyone says Miami will be underwater in 10 years and he can walk on it. I’ll give him 2020 projections of 38/16/46/.247 in 337 ABs.

2020 Draft Kit
 
  1. Will says:
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    I really thought Cole would end up on the Angels but I guess he can’t turn down that kind of contract ($36mm/yr, full no trade, opt out after 5 years etc).

    Also, if you’re at the winter meetings can you take a bullhorn and wake up the CUBS front office??? Hello, Theo??? Gonna make a move to improve the team anytime soon???

    • Grey

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      I was just wondering if the Rockies are even at the Winter Meetings… Cubs I’ve heard about trading away guys, but the Rockies I haven’t heard anything from

  2. Dave D says:
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    It’s straight up incompetence that the Halos could not land their most essential piece, a hometown guy, to get Trout to the playoffs again. What’s the difference of $20 million over a decade? If you win a WS or two with Cole versus none without him, how do you quantify that? I don’t see any way the Angels can counter this move. What a damn shame they are so hapless in Anaheim. There’s no good excuse.

    • Will says:
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      Might have been the number of years more than the money which scared them away. 9 years goes through his age 38 season by which time he might be Rich Hill, injury prone etc. In fact Rich Hill might be viewed as the ceiling at age 38 for a pitcher.

    • Five-on-One says:
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      Dude, straight up incompetence is a bit much, don’t you think. Yes, Cole would make them better, even significantly better, but $36 mil a year for 9 years is a lot of freaking money! Not sure he puts the Angels in the playoffs. Red Sox, Astros, Phillies all ‘needed’ him more.

      • Donkey Teeth

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        A big part of the reason the Angels haven’t contended during Trout’s time is the crazy 10 year deal they signed the 32 year old Pujols to. I don’t blame them for not wanting to marry their franchise to a 29 year old pitcher for nearly another 10 years.

        How many years until this contract looks really ugly?

        • Will says:
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          Don’t forget the Angel’s Josh Hamilton contract fiasco as well

          • Dave D says:
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            My point is Josh Hamilton, Albert, CJ were not frontline starters. All the intelligent Angel fans back then knew what we needed in 2012-14 was an ace or a really good 1/2. Angels had best record in 2014 and no frontline starters so, as many Angel fans expected, that meant nothing in the playoffs without lockdown starters.

            Cole is exactly what they needed. You guys are getting hung up on bad contracts to guys who were already in decline. I knew it at the time and so did many Angel fans. Cole has likely 5-6 more years of prime, maybe more. Its not a bad contract if it gets any team two rings they would not have without Cole, in my estimation at least.

            • Dave D says:
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              We were all like WTF is Moreno doing signing druggie Hamilton when we need an ace. I was pissed at the time and so were my Angel fan pals. We joked, can Hamilton pitch? We need someone who can throw a shutout or CG in October, not a mid-30s OF.

        • Dave D says:
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          Well, people said similar thing when they lost out on Greinke in 2012 and then they turn around and sign the Pujols contract you mention and CJ Wilson. We/they didn’t need Pujols then just like we don’t need Rendon now. CJ Wilson was a bad consolation prize. Just as in 2012, the Angels need frontline starters. The Astros land Cole, Verlander, Greinke, etc. and win.

          What is the point of signing Trout to a Pujols-like deal? You could make the same argument for Trout and Cole. Neither will likely be great at age 36+, but I think my point is valid: wouldn’t it be worth it on Cole for the front end if it gets you a WS ring or two? Cole is a difference maker in that way. What value would you guys put on a ring quantitatively? I’m serious. $100 million, 200 million? What is a WS title worth?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Counterpoint: What if you could charge same for tickets and not compete?

      Also, Wild Card is winnable without Cole — not saying Angels will, but it’s possible

      • Dave D says:
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        Basically, nothing has changed since 2012. The Greinke move was the right one and a great call. They needed to follow up the trade with re-signing him. 2014 may have turned out very differently with a dialed in Grienke for two games in a five game series.

        The Angels have needed a true #1 for a decade. Without one they are wasting Trout. I think Maddon will tell them what they need, but I have very little faith Eppler can deliver.

        You may be right about the turnstiles, but at this juncture if they don’t an ace or two excellent SPs its a travesty.

        • Grey

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          Don’t disagree, they’ve done little to nothing in a while… It’s weird bc when Arte first came on the scene I used to joke about how he spent more money than anyone… Now, they feel like a small market team with Trout

          • Dave D says:
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            Well, it just seems like they don’t spend because you look at their roster and there’s nothing to show for it. They’ve averaged about $40m annually recently in FA signings, but rather than get one big prize like Corbin or Morton last year, they scored two pieces of sh*t for $22m.

            Their philosophy is stupid. Rather than get one differnce maker each year they go rummaging for a “deal”. It would be like buying all your household wares at Big Lots because you “get more” than at Williams-Sonoma. Throw away stuff instead of quality that lasts.

            • Grey

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              Yup, agreed, they’ve made some extremely questionable calls — Andrelton is fine for defense, Ohtani is interesting, Trout’s sexy obviously, but then…? So many questionable bats

              • The Great Knoche says:
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                When did this become an Angels reddit page?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, I hear they’re gonna trade for David Price!

            • Hernan says:
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              Lol, Moronic, I mean Moreno, should “raid “ the Red Sox for Price AND Eovaldi, teach them how to win a WS!!, that team has no leadership!!!, Yankees are super scary, almost as scary as my team in our DC league…, long live Hernan!!!!, Dylan Cease!!!!, next Giolito!!!

              • Dave D says:
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                Ha, Hernan! I think you started off well but really misjudged by taking so many RPs which leaves you thin on depth in case of injuries. I think this applies to all your positions (except C)and SP. I guess you could get lucky and have no injuries, but I doubt it.

                • Hernan says:
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                  Lol, we’ll see, I rather take shots at saves than get the super fringe hitters that play maybe twice a week…

                • Hernan says:
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                  lol, plus, looking at your team, Dave, you have 11 bench hitters, i have 8…., by the way, are you naming your team “The Non-Tenders”?, you have like 6 of them…..

    • Coolwhip

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      My dude, you went on an epic rant here that saved me the trouble. LOL. I’m right there with you… This complete failure, missed out on all top 3 pitchers in epic fashion. Imagine where we’d be right now if we had resigned Greinke or even circled back him this last year instead of the Astros scooping him up and then not fail at getting Cole, and avoided the clear pitfalls of CJ, Hammy, and Pujols. Ridiculous.

      Eppler(+ Dipoto) and Epic Failure go together like Angels and No Pitching -_-*

      • Dave D says:
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        Yeah. Occasionally I get pissed enough to go on a rant. When it comes to MLB it always seems to be triggered by the Angels. I guess it would be healthier to only care about my fake teams (like Grey?), but Im not totally there yet.

      • Dave D says:
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        Don’t forget Arte’s mini-me, Tony Reagins.

    • andrew edenbaum says:
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      Was always going to end up with the Yankees. Cole wants to win another championship. No brainer !!!

      • Dave D says:
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        When was his first one?

        • andrew edenbaum says:
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          My bad. Thought he was there when Houston won.
          Even better reason why he chose the Yankees.
          Yankees have gone a complete decade for 1st time since 1910-1919 w/out a World Championship.
          I understand anything can happen, but after losing out on Cole and Corbin the past 2 years, signing Cole was the Yankees most important free agent signing since they signed Catfish Hunter.

    • c says:
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      Rendon + Kluber (possibly) > Cole

      • andrew edenbaum says:
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        Not to the Yankees !!!

  3. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I have a chance to acquire Raisel Iglesias, a 2nd round pick in 2021 (which should be #11 or #12), $20 in budget money. He is asking for Justin Turner and a 3rd or 4th round pick in 2021. 2 questions:

    1) Is Raisel closing in Cincinnati?
    2) would you make the deal?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1) I think so
      2) Obviously apples and oranges but sure, if you need a closer…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  4. Matty says:
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    In a 6×6 QS 12-team H2H Dynasty with a $325 salary cap I have Trevor Bauer coming into the season at $31. For salary reasons I’m exploring moving him for someone cheaper- although he is about as reliable as can be.
    How do folks generally conceptualize the value of saving salary in a dynasty?
    How many tiers would you guys move down to save $20/$325?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Tough question because it varies wildly in each league. The longer leagues are around the more pronounced inflation gets. Kind of need to know who’s available at draft, expected auction price range on those guy and how much other pitchers being kept are costing, etc.

      That said, Bauer wasn’t very reliable at all last year so I wouldn’t be too hesitant to move him for a cheaper option.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT that it is tough… $31 doesn’t sound awful for Bauer, but I also could see moving him if you can get better/cheaper option

      • Matty says:
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        Thanks guys.
        I remembered him being really stressful to own later in the season, and sitting him depending on my H2H matchup, but never actually missing the bad starts. Then I looked back at his stats and he was still pretty good.
        I’ll see what kind of offers I can get for him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  5. Warren Shapiro says:
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    Cole remaining in the AL was better than finding a couple of twenty’s in an old winter coat. I play AL only 5×5 roto and it really would have sucked to lose him. Our league also counts a point for a QS and a point for a W so Cole is special

    But, now I have the ace of the Yankees and I need to make a decision. Keep him at 30 for one year, sign for 2 at 35 or sign for 3 at 40. I have this running argument that controlling real talent can have more in season value over mining for gold because its hard to accumulate counting stats. I’m inclined to go in the middle but I may be missing another year of the best pitcher in baseball.
    Do you agree on two years or just eat the 5 bucks and sign him for 3

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Id go three years for Cole.

      • Warren Shapiro says:
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        Is that the consensus here? DO you keep the best controllable starter if you have them at or just below value for as long as you can?
        Donkey? Grey?

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          I think so. Sounds like a points league, right? $260 budget?

          • Warren Shapiro says:
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            yup. 5×5 w+qs, K’s, Whip, ERA Saves
            I’m extending a lot of dollars. I have a one dollar Mondesi who will be 11 for 3 years, Gleyber Im sighing at 20 for 3 years – so with Cole I add 30 to the team salary.
            I have a cheap Mercado Lastella Homer Bailey Civale and Bassit and Robles. We only get to keep 12

            Thanks for the confirmation. You do important work gentlemen.

            • Donkey Teeth

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              No problem!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with MP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, agree with others

  6. ichirosan says:
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    Hi Grey,

    16 man H2H dynasty league. I’m keeping Luke Voit as my 1B, while I have Bryant, Machado and Kingery as 3B. Was offered Freeman for Bryant plus Dahl. What do you think?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d take Freeman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  7. Dubs23 says:
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    Would you guys do Paddack at $16 for Civale at $2 and May or Gore? 12 team 6×6 with QS.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d want Paddack. Bird in the hand…

      • Warren Shapiro says:
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        What are your expecations of Civale for next year? Is he going to be exposed with more time through the league?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ll go over Civale in my rankings, but he’s interesting late flyer — solid command, so should avoid ugliness

          • Dave D says:
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            He seems to be a much cheaper version of Kyle Hendricks, which is why I felt pretty happy drafting him at #270.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, could see that, but Indians have Plesac too and I’m not sure Civale sees a whole year in rotation

              • Dave D says:
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                Yeah, that could be. Lots of question marks still for sure. I think he’ll be good if/when given the opportunity and CLE has significant health issues in rotation overall with Kluber/Carrasco. Clevinger not 100% last year either led to only 21 GS. There should be opportunity.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, thinking same — Prolly peg him for 125 IP, which isn’t bad

                  • Dave D says:
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                    Speaking of CLE, now Angels being tied to washed up Indians Carrasco and Kluber. That’d be just like Moreno/Eppler. Don’t get guys in their prime, go for the scrap heap and try to find fools gold.

          • Warren Shapiro says:
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            I’m taking a photo of your comments and attaching it as I dangle Civale and some other youngens for the last year of a cheap Clevinger to a team rebuilding!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, good luck!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  8. Crazy J says:
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    I’m just here for an update on Palka and to say “F the Yankees”.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Palka’s in best shape of his life — turns out he’s in best shape when off baseball field

  9. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    If I were to trade Yu Darvish, what SP should I ask for in return for him that is fair value?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’ll never get value…Severino? Paddack?

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        i have both severino and Paddack

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why not keep Yu?

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            salary is the issue. 33 this year $36 next year $40 in ’22

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hmm…Berrios? Sonny Gray?

  10. Scott Kimmel says:
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    trying for gray, Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Like it

  11. Steven says:
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    Hey have you heard anything on the Red Sox all this Cole talk has me sick haha

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Red Sox are acting like a small market team and trying to sell everyone off, which I don’t get

  12. Dave D says:
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    Ha, Grey, I see your Barria as selling short on Eppler/Moreno on their capacity for upgrading the rotation successfully. Smart, but too pessimistic for me to fo as an Angel fan.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, figure maybe he gets 50-60 home IP I can use occasionally

  13. hot corner says:
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    Villar’s HR’s may not drop as much as expected. Hit most of his HR’s to center/right center and that is where they are moving the fences in. Will also be interesting how Marlins Park plays with turf.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villar might also get traded to a contender in July and become a UTIL man

      • hot corner says:
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        Yup. He is being drafted too early for my taste, so I am staying away.

  14. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Does Mad Bum have anything left, worth trading for?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Think it depends where he lands. Flyball pitcher with a lot of innings on arm. But other than self infliction not a lot of injury. Could see a close to 200 IP campaign if healthy. 4ish ERA and 8-9 K/9

      Not awful

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