Yo, this winter trading season has been a Bomb Cyclone, but not as in the winter storm, or a flurry of moves, but rather the Bomb Cyclone, the Coney Island roller coaster that kills one of four riders. “This doesn’t seem that rickety.” Three minutes later, “Is the wooden plank I’m sitting on supposed to be falling to the ground from 75 feet in the air?”  Seriously, is this the worst offseason for player signings and/or trades?  Players aren’t even signing in dribs and drabs, they’re not signing at all.  My rankings start on Monday, and I have dozens of players that read something like, “Still a free agent, so this could change.”  By the way, a urologist should put on his business card, “Specializes in drips and drabs.”  As for Gerrit Cole being traded to the Astros, this sorta sums him up:

I might go back in on Cole if he can turn his career around from his 4.26 ERA last year, but I’m waiting for him to flip a U-ey before I hunker down in his bunker.  I’ve been burned way too many times by, “Cole’s looking great in his start…Damn, if it wasn’t for that 3-run homer he allowed in the sixth, that would’ve been a solid start.”  Yeah, I’m done with that.  Since I wasn’t going near Cole anyway, I’m actually more disappointed by this move because it bumps Brad Peacock from the rotation.  Peacock’s bloomage looked to be peaking.  All of Peacock’s numbers were more attractive to me than Cole.  Alas, it doesn’t matter.  Peacock is out of the rotation until there’s an injury.  Though, this does help solidify Trevor Williams’ place in the Pirates’ rotation.  Here’s my Trevor Williams sleeper.  Me likey!  For 2018, I’ll give Gerrit Cole the projections of 13-10/3.78/1.23/181 in 195 IP.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this offseason for 2018 fantasy baseball:

Joe Musgrove – Went the other way in the Cole trade, along with Colin Moran.  Hmm, the Pirates do seem like a bunch of Morans with this trade.  Musgrove has a 92 MPH fastball and five pitches he throws.  His best pitch is a slider, and he is only 25, so maybe he can surprise with a 9+ K/9 and 2-ish BB/9 like he had in the minors.  Since he bounced between the bullpen and rotation last year, I doubt he can throw more than 130 IP this year.  This year’s projections are 6-7/4.08/1.29/109 in 124 IP.

Colin Moran – As mentioned above, he was the other piece in the Cole trade.  Here’s what Prospector Ralph said this offseason, “The 6th overall pick in the 2014 MLB draft, Moran has been a bust of epic sized proportions. I’m fine being the low man on Moran. He lacks the type of power that might help him stick at first base, the only defensive position he’s truly a fit for. His greatest attribute outside of his above average game power, is his approach, but neither add up to anything more than a late career Joe Mauer statline in my mind. Moran however is not without some rays of sunlight. He did add more loft to his swing this year, which resulted in his first .500+ slugging performance of his MiLB career. There’s just nowhere for him in Houston, perhaps there’s some opportunity elsewhere. Unfortunately, 25 year old first base/left field prospects without a track record of power production in the minors aren’t exactly desirable.  Like Grey in a bathrobe.”  Oh, c’mon!  Moran is likely going to platoon with David Freese at 3rd, which sounds like Hooks from Police Academy, “Freese/Moran!”  For 2018, I’ll give Moran the projections of 51/13/48/.251/1 in 411 ABs, which is nearly carbon copy what the Pirates would’ve received from Freese.

Wade Davis – Signed with the Rockies.  I saw one immediate reaction about this saying, “That’s gonna hurt his value.”  Huh?  No, it’s not.  A closer in Coors to a frat boy might be Tylenol PM or fentanyl.  But a closer in Coors for our purposes isn’t a big deal.  Last year, Greg Holland had 41 saves and a 3.61 ERA, and, trust me, shizz was pear-shaped on the reg last year for Holland.  SAGNOF, and I’m not scared by Wade in Coors, or as the religious song is known, Wade In The Piss Water.  For 2018, I’ll give Wade Davis the projections of 2-3/3.09/1.12/75, 40 saves in 61 IP.

Brandon Kintzler – Re-signed with the Nats to be their setup man, or their 2nd setup man, or their closer.  Last year, the Nats inherited the A’s’ (not confusing apostrophes!) closing shituation with Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle, so any of the three could be the closer in 2018, and likely will be.  My guess is it won’t be Kintzler, but I’m holding off on projecting him for now.

Addison Reed – Signed with the Twins.  The Twins have already announced Fernando Rodney will be their closer, even with Reed.  What they didn’t add is, “Rodney will be our closer for two months, and look, well, respectable, then in July, shizz will go sideways, while allowing six men on for every three outs, then around August someone will say something like, ‘You realize Reed is much better than Rodney, right?’ And that person will be within earshot of Molitor, who will be telling someone about his 39-game hitting streak, but he’ll hear him, because Molitor’s ears are as good as Wade Boggs’ eyes, and Molitor will think to himself, ‘Hmm, maybe Reed should be our closer since Rodney has a 7.30 ERA.”  For 2018, I’ll give Reed the projections of 3-4/2.78/1.03/69, 14 saves in 71 IP.

   
  1. Long Bawls says:
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    Aw, jeez, you think until August? Twins bullpen is half good things which don’t happen, half things which blow up. I call it the Molitor Cocktease.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I’ll call the Twins bullpen, the Labyrinth of the Molitor.

      • Long Bawls says:
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        @Grey: “He wanted a donkeycorn and he got half a bull!”

        Kevin Youkilis: shakes head sadly (though he can only turn it about 7 degrees), then mutters something about not being Greek, though he is mythical.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          “Then Rodney shot a proverbial arrow across the proverbial blown save.”

          • Long Bawls says:
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            @Grey: HA!

            Really getting into some Homer here.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              License to Illiad

              • Long Bawls says:
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                @Grey: Hey, we’re all friends here. No need for the Odysseus tracks.

                Lemme tell you ’bout
                The fall of Troy Percival
                Started out a throwin’ fool
                Shouldn’ta pissed off Poseidon
                Scioscia’s shoulder
                Ain’t the one to be cryin’ on…

                I need to get a life.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, awesome!

  2. Racehorse says:
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    Keuchal, Verlander, McCullers, Cole … who’s #5, McHugh or Morton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cole? Kidding… Morton

      • When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diary of Hans Frank and Anne Frank says:
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        @Grey: oh thank god (for deeper than 16 teamers for damn sure i have morton everywhere)

      • thatguy says:
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        @Grey: But for real though, Cole. Give me Morton over Cole

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

          • m0se says:
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            @Grey: his game 7 performance was really that convincing, huh?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He was solid all year

  3. thorbs says:
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    Is it just me or is this not a middling return for Cole, rough 2017 or not?

    On another semi-under-achieving SP note, in a 10×10 dynasty league I’ve been offered Darvish for Pham and a pick (I was going to offer 5th round, go no higher than 4th).

    I’ve got Trout/Bryant/Betts/Ozuna/Inciarte and Acuna as a minor league keeper, so my OF is stacked.

    My SP are Kluber, Verlander, Duffy, Tanaka, Cueto, Weaver, Mahle.

    Regardless of where Darvish lands, and the miles on his arm, I need to do this deal, don’t I?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s awful! I’d want Yu, yeah…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I mean the Cole trade is awful, not yours obviously

      • thorbs says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        This deal cements my theory that the MLB is just like fantasy leagues where the good owners prey on the new guys and casual managers constantly.

        • Long Bawls says:
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          @thorbs: In fantasy leagues you get better names, tho.

          • thatguy says:
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            @Long Bawls: I think you guys are going to look back on these comments and laugh. I like Musgrove over Cole. I don’t think Cole’s horrendous HR/FB will play in the AL Central or in Houston (Minute Maid has a significantly higher homerun factor than PNC), and between the Pirates excellent pitcher handling, the NL Central, a bump in innings, and consistent opportunities to start, I think Musgrove will look much more like he did across the minors and much less like he did in limited and varying appearances with the Astros.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            True

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, totally

  4. When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diary of Hans Frank and Anne Frank says:
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    MF’er as a peacock owner in 16 team sized dynasties across the land! meanwhile me likely that ben gamel post, he’s exactly the kind of guy i’m hunting for in like AL only for psycho cheap and 20-30’s.

    • When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diary of Hans Frank and Anne Frank says:
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      @When Buying Gifts Don’t Confuse the Diary of Hans Frank and Anne Frank: of course waiting for cullers cullers cullers to get hurt is like waiting for a bus on sunday in the winter, it only feels long since the other days of the week it’s shorter and it’s cold out, but it’s not really a long time.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Very true, but not everyone is in such deep leagues

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha, so true

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Exactly, that’s where Gamel is perfect… Yeah, this hurts Peacock…

  5. Kris says:
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    As a Cubs fan, between this and the Juan Nicasio fiasco from last year, I’d just like to say ‘Keep doing what you’re doing Neal Huntington!’

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yup

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Kris: another one of the decentish RP guys out there who don’t cost a ton (reed, nicasio etc) who STL F’d up not signing. they cheap out like this almost all the time (last year they need bullpen and for some reason give cecil 4 years, this year ONLY nabbing gregerson)

  6. The Shiek says:
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    Gray…thoughts on Peacock for 2018? Hold, drop… Starts could be hard to come by…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop

  7. Slimcompoop says:
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    Good stuff Grey…can’t wait for the rankings on Monday. Hope you’ve had a good off-season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope you’re well too, ‘poop!

  8. Lougle says:
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    Cole or Paxton in a W+QS league?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pax

  9. J-FOH says:
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    You add Red Oaks to your Amazon list?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not yet, watching Goliath, I like it, it’s fun…

      • Crime dog says:
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        @Grey: how far are you? Glad you like it! I’m watching Ozarks right now based on someone’s comments on one of your posts. Not a bad show.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah. Ozark is solid… I’m about halfway through the season…

  10. Schoolboy P says:
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    Keeper league. $5 Ian Happ or $9 Bauer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bauer

  11. Gaylords says:
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    trying to decide on my last keeper spot and alternate, pick 2:
    Billy Hamilton
    Justin Turner
    Nick Castellanos
    Tim Anderson
    Justin Verlander

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Verlander, Hamilton

  12. JP says:
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    Grey-what are your thought on Mike Minor as #3 in Texas and what might his line look like. Thank you

  13. Jay Dee says:
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    I get you had to sneak a Moran joke in but I dont think the return was that bad as Pitt is seeing just as you and I in that Cole is not that special – 3 Mlb ready players and a nice lottery ticket is pretty good for a good Sp 3 imo-

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