Lucky I just bought hyphens in bulk from Costco. I’m gonna need them for this sleeper. Here goes, Ian Happ is a post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-POST-post-P-O-S-T-p-to-the-ost-postpostpostpost-post-hype sleeper! Ian Happ has burned you in the past. I get that. He’s burned me. Is he a whatcha-talkin-bout-Willis, you-can’t-be-serious, how-deep-is-this-league-where-he’s-even-drafted, you’ve-lost-your-mind, seriously-are-you-ill-in-the-head sleeper? Last year in a Manfred-sticking-Capri-Sun-straws-into-baseballs season, Happ played in 58 games and only hit 11 homers. Good news is he was out of single digits so I didn’t have to spell out his home run number. The bad news, Tommy La Stella out-homered him in three games. For calling Ian Happ a sleeper again, there’s a giant melon sitting on my lady-like shoulders and it’s unclear if there’s anything inside the cantaloupe. Oh, and he hit .264 with only two steals so there’s nothing coming from other categories. Only remarkable thing here is how bleh Happ was. I’m really selling this sleeper hard, huh? Worst sleeper in the history of sleepers. “Or,” Mr. Reversal Question pokes his head in, “…is it?!” So, what can we expect from Ian Happ for 2020 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

Something I failed to mention in the opening was any reason for optimism, which is 27 homers and 11 steals combining the majors and Triple-A. Two years ago, he had a 33/10 season, combining Triple-A and the majors. Is it possible he’s just a Quad-A player? I guess, but I’d contend (for the super featherweight title) that Joe Maddon was hurting Happ. There was no way for Happ to get any rhythm (and flow, best show on Netflix) going with the way he was being played. He’s been unable to hit lefties in the majors the last two years, but has hit them in the minors (.264 last year, .299 in 2017 — he spent 2018 in the majors not hitting them) and he’s a switch hitter, so you have to think it’s gonna click at some point. I know, he’s not young. He’s the ripe old age of 25. C’mon! Ian Happ needs a break with a starting job, a hot April and he’ll be at the All-Star Game this year. Last year, he had a top 30 barrels per plate appearance with a more-than-enough 15.5 launch angle that shows itself in a 41.6% fly ball rate and career 22.6% HR/FB. If he had 530 at-bats with those peripherals, he’s going to hit 35 homers. Nearly identical fly ball and HR/FB% produced 38 homers for Gleyber Torres last year. For his current price of absolute zero duckets, Ian Happ is a great sleeper. Of course, all of this is contingent on playing time. If he isn’t starting, then I’ll personally send him Brett Lawrie’s email address so they can hang out. (If it goes to his spam folder, it’s not my problem. I’ve fulfilled my obligation.) For 2020, I’ll give Ian Happ projections of 62/24/70/.266/6 in 456 ABs with a chance for much more.

  1. toolshed says:
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    Grisham to the padres. Now Pham to the padres for renfroe. Exactly what SD needed, more outfielders. I acquired grisham last year in a dynasty league fairly cheap and enjoyed him playing in mil and playing down the stretch. Any clue on what the starting OF in SD will look like now? Will grisham be part of it? What a mess

    • c says:
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      I’d imagine it’s Pham – Margot/Grisham platoon- Myers, generally. I’d imagine the Padres would love to unload Myers’s contract and open up more playing time for a guy like Franchy Cordero, but that’s easier said than done. Would a David Price for Wil Myers trade work?

    • bigbear says:
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      IF they are done trading OFers, Pham will be the only fixture until someone runs away with one of the other jobs. But I’m leaning toward Grisham’s dreamy minor league OBP in front of Pham, FTJ , and Manny. Not sure where Myers/Franchy will land. I can see Hosmer sitting some against lefties. So Myers/Franchy could get a few extra ABs that way (Myers at 1B). If Myers or Hosmer can go full zombino, they’ll be a playoff team.

      FWIW – I really like how the Rays go about business. I envision they are like hedge fund quant quys making evaluations/deals completely removed from the on field management/relationships.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sounds about right, bigbear

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t think that changed anything for Grisham since they traded another OF, Grisham still needs to hit to stay in lineup…

  2. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!!

    Great sleeper report, yet again.

    a. Happ’s epitaph will read:

    ‘…with a chance of much more…’

    b. Crazy deals going down in MLB. The Wheeler deal notwithstanding the 7.5M for Diekman sounds like my whiny voice asking my son to become a lefty reliever in MLB except the new rule will probably hurt LHP middle relievers all over MLB, right? Grey, you followin’ me? Damn, I lost you too in that long sentence!

    c. All good, am trying to choose between 3 locations for our 20th wedding anniversary. My criteria are as follows.

    1. Good value for a 5-star hotel
    2. connection with Zagreb
    3. Romantic things to do
    4. Weather during our stay

    My choices: Amsterdam, Paris, Zurich
    My dates: April 23 to 25 (flexible) to May 1 or 2 (flexible) 2020
    Budget: around 5000 USD but would love to escape with paying less.

    Any and all wisdom would be greatly appreciated. I have made my choice but will respond after everyone has put in their 2 cents.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • bigbear says:
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      Congrats on the 20th! I’d go Airbnb bungalow in the mountains away from a city. Do some hiking and picnicking. But since that’s not part of your criteria, I’d lean toward Zurich and still get the mountains. But if the city life is your/her idea of romance, then Paris if you haven’t done it (because you have to once). If you have, then Amsterdam because traveling the canals is a romantic getaway in itself. I’d go Amsterdam based on your criteria.

    • Bas Hoedemakers says:
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      Hey Ante!

      How can you compare boring Zurich, arrogant Paris with happy Amsterdam?

      Easy choice my friend.;-)

      There are some great hotels in Amsterdam, if you need any advice for that (Pullitzer or W).
      Besides that we have Kingsday but that is on April 27. That is a national holiday and a big party (just look on YouTube).

      Weather is usual good in that period.

      Best,
      Bas from Holland!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Bas!!!!

        Thanks a million. In fact, AMS was my choice! Okura hotel is really nice and yes, very romantic city for sure. Plus, Super safe. Weather would be the same everywhere more or less, ZRH a little cooler and CDG more insecure. And yes AGAIN, Kingsday plus the flea market everywhere is something my wife would appreciate for sure.

        So, done! AMS and Okura Hotel.

        Cheers,
        Ante

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Happy 20th!

      3 for Amsterdam. Have a few Freinds who have been and loved it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Haha — yes!

      B. Yeah, lost, damn!

      C. You have to go to Paris, I mean, don’t cha?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Of course, congrats too!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I have one more idea, maybe you do what the wife wants to do

        • Ante Galic says:
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          Grey!!!

          a. Sorry, for losing you. Meant to write ‘Damn, son. Go and learn how to pitch left-handed so you can make 7.5 M like Diekman.’

          b. Gulp on that one. Credit card has been charged (no refunds) for the hotel reservation and the flight to AMS. Done and done. Just downloaded the Amsterdam lonely planet guide, putting the program together.

          My plan

          1. Write up a 1-pager entitled ‘A man and a woman’. Then write an anonymous story about us without mentioning any names, locations and anything else that could identify us just the character, quality and little tidbits that only we know about each other, how we met etc. My idea is to simultaneously publish it on April 29 (wedding anniversary) in as many languages as possible and then make it go viral and even trending on twitter and blow her away with that.

          2. Develop a playlist of all her favorite songs (about 75% done) and find a way to have a band play these songs for us at the venue we choose to celebrate our anniversary. Might be a bit much to expect but one can dream. At the very least I will present her with my playlist I developed.

          3. Send her the invitation 1 week in advance with the following contained.

          a. The exact program for the 7 days of our stay there;
          b. The airline tickets;
          c. The hotel reservation and a description of the hotel;

          One week in advance is enough time for her to organize her mother to take care of the kids for 1 week during our absence. Also it’s short enough that she can’t really back out.

          What do you think? I know my head’s in the clouds, it has been since I was very young so you can’t stop being who you are.

          Cheers,
          Ante

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            A. Ha, all good!

            B.It’s your 20th anniversary — lonely planet just sounds wrong for that

            1-3. That sounds super sweet! I think she’ll appreciate it! Until you’re a day into your trip and tell her you have to log onto Razzball for the quote of the day…

            • Ante Galic says:
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              Grey!!!!

              a. Damn you! I will take care of it before we go and while my wife sleeps. Not sure how that’ll work ’cause you go to post midnight Hawaii time and she wakes up about 2 hours before that…Oh well, I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.

              b. So what’s better than Lonely planet for planning? Neither of us have been there. April 27 is taken care of with Kingsday and the flea market everywhere.

              Cheers,
              Ante

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                A. Haha, You better figure it out!

                B. Okay, but my suggestion is take a magic marker and alter the cover so it says NOT before Lonely and tell her, bc with you it’s not Lonely.

                • Ante Galic says:
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                  Grey!

                  a. Will do, boss!

                  b. One of her clients she massaged this morning told her about a friend of hers whose husband bought a ticket for 2 to the Canary Islands out of the blue and they’re going like next week. Not sure if she…

                  1. Was shocked her friend’s husband did that (he’s not really the romantic type).
                  2. Wants something similar to happen for her.

                  So I’m making it happen.

                  Cheers,
                  Ante

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    B. She’ll be over that excitement by April and you make it about you and her and she’ll be happy…

  3. Me says:
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    I hear minibars in Mexico are great. I’d start there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The best!

  4. Tom says:
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    Fantasy is a fickle game, I was totally out on Happ last year but i’m back in considering his bargain basement price. Grabbed him in an NFBC DC after round 20.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, same here

  5. Squat Cobblers says:
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    Grey ‘turning the ship around’ is what I enjoy most from these posts. Well, that and the joy of winning leagues of course!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks!

  6. Curious George says:
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    Never realized how long a 40 round best ball would feel. 10 team, 6hr pick timer, started November 1. Loving it though – keeps my league entertained during class. Looking sp here and wanted some input on the flawed players remaining. Brendan McKay (playing time questions), Carlos Martinez (injury, position, sucking issues), and Lance McCullers (injury/innings issue) are the three I’m looking at.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Martinez, easily

      • Curious George says:
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        That’s who I ended up picking – glad I came to the same conclusion. Random questions from George today (I do actually read the sleeper posts first haha just bored in class): thoughts on Khris Davis 2020? Mr. Prorater had him hitting .247 on pace for 42 bombskis before his wrist injury. Has he considered talking to Matt Olson on how to break his hamate bone? At what point in the draft are you rolling those dice?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, problem with Khris Davis is sluggers age extremely severely and he could just be dipping in his career vs. dealing with an injury… Wouldn’t touch him before 150th overall, at least

          • Curious George says:
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            I might consider Davis for my next pick (193 overall). Draft hasn’t gone how I intended – best ball format so I went in thinking I would draft guys who are steady and stay healthy… didn’t happen. Almost all risk/reward. Gonna have to get a better read on my leaguemates draft tendencies for our real draft.

            1B Edwin Encarnacion – (N/A) 10/93
            2B Keston Hiura – MIL 7/68
            2B Gavin Lux – LAD 17/168
            3B Manny Machado – SD 8/73
            3B Jose Ramirez – CLE 4/33
            SS Adalberto Mondesi – KC 11/108
            OF Ronald Acuna Jr. – ATL 1/8
            OF Yordan Alvarez – HOU 5/48
            OF David Dahl – COL 16/153
            OF Juan Soto – WAS 2/13
            OF Shohei Ohtani – LAA 13/128
            P Walker Buehler – LAD 3/28
            P Carlos Carrasco – CLE 12/113
            P Corey Kluber – CLE 9/88
            P Dinelson Lamet – SD 15/148
            P Carlos Martinez – STL 19/188
            P David Price – BOS 14/133
            P Chris Sale – BOS 6/53
            P Luke Weaver – ARI 18/173

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That doesn’t look bad… I think I’d try to get someone safer to cover for Edwin — Like a Renato Nunez or Chavis? Or even Hosmer

            • RoarOf84 says:
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              How in the world did Acuna slide to 8th overall? Who went ahead of him?

              • Curious George says:
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                Mike Trout 1
                Christian Yelich 2
                Mookie Betts 3
                Gerrit Cole 4
                Anthony Rendon 5
                Cody Bellinger 6
                Justin Verlander 7
                Ronald Acuna 8

                I was equally astounded – my leaguemates like fantasy baseball but aren’t ones to make their own rankings… when we first started drafting, people were still getting familiar with the draft room layout and navigating between 2019 FPts and ADP. Lucky for me, he is one of my two keepers in our real league – 6th round keep.

  7. The Great Knoche says:
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    How do you get sniped by one pick in round 31. Had McGill all lines up as super sneaky third closer and poof!

    I’m in on Happ if they don’t resign Castellanos. Or if they do what they should have a year ago trade Schwarber to the AL for pitching. Otherwise Grandpa Rossy will have him all over the place and playing every other day just like Joe.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was kinda surprised Barnes was still there, and thought that was a good pick… But in the 32nd round that means it’s worthless or barely worth anything, but you’re right Magill’s interesting too

    • Dave D says:
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      Sorry to inform you, Knoche, but Grey actually drafted the Brewers closer for 2020, not you.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha, leave Freddy Peralta alone!

        • Dave D says:
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          Never! He deserves it!!!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha…Why do you hurt me?

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          He will beat out Burnes for 5th starter spot. Or Burns will be their initial out getter and Peralta will follow.

          Back off Hader!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Tend to agree

            • Dave D says:
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              Peralta will not be a successful starter until/unless he develops a third pitch. If he does not he’s best served as a reliever, and MIL seemed to realize that late in 2019.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Hoping for 100 IP from Peralta, if they’re in relief maybe I get some cheap saves…

                • Dave D says:
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                  I’m pretty confident you will get at least 6, probably more saves from him. I think it was a great pick there.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yeah, I don’t mind it… He was a “stuff” pick… Has stuff, who knows, maybe he harnesses it, even if unlikely

                    • Dave D says:
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                      Like you said, we’re buying lotto tickets or insurance policies at this point. Its not like there’s something to mess up in rounds 36++. Ten starts from Honeywell or Anderson could be a difference maker in August/September

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, completely!

  8. Dave D says:
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    My DC roster is utterly Happ-less, no Ian nor J.A.!!!

    I’m gonna have to make a big splash with my next couple picks to make up for it…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Make ’em count! BTW, I keep seeing Bright and thinking it’s me

      • Dave D says:
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        Well then its a good thing there’s no Greyson in the league

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

      • Dave D says:
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        My next two picks will suprise you as they will be very uncharacteristic for me…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Was looking at Brusdar for my last two picks, couldn’t pull the trigger, since he feels like an MR

          Ian Anderson might see as much value as Wander

          • Dave D says:
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            If he’s not traded then I can easily see him bumping any of the top 5 from rotation in2020. Braves showed with Soroka and Fried last year, they will go with best performance regardless of age. Its a gamble, yes, but I’ll take it.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, could be, his stuff looks like it could play, but they also have about 3 SPs in front of him just in the minors

              • Dave D says:
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                I think he’s the best of the bunch. No way Wilson or Toussaint best him at this point. Braves have insane surplus of SP and OF. They really should bundle some SP prospects and/or Ender and see what they can get.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, maybe, they’re also a playoffs team without doing that, so they might not want to mess with trading away farm

          • Dave D says:
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            I’d say Brusdar is a SP until August, then if Twins are in it he’s a RP down stretch.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Honestly, it would help you in this league, but I’d love to see it

    • Sweatpants Nation says:
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      Pretty Happ-hazard of you.

      • Dave D says:
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        Yes, I am guilty Mr. Sweatpants

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha, my bad!

  9. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Angels traded for Dylan Bundy… (excuse me while i scream into my pillow)… what in the f*cking F???… Is Eppler even trying to construct a competitive roster anymore? You’ve got 1 job you f*cking f*ck. F*CK! Is he trying to make Trout cry? Make me cry? Make angels cry?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyGNfbKkMVE

    /endrant

    • Coolwhip

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      oh also… i too am prob unrealistically optimistic on Happ, been holding him on my 24 team keeper league forever on the cheap since he was drafted hoping that lightning in a bottle is more than just a peep show.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I might be unrealistically optimistic on Bundy, but I think he can be okay (not great, but passable)

      • Dave D says:
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        I’m with Grey. I like Bundy a great deal as a #5 over all the other options in the farm. I really like the move. I am 99% certain Bundy will benefit from the move and finish with a ++WAR for a #5.

        As for a #1, Id rather have Cole for $35 mil than Stras for $25, but either would be awesome.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup and yup

          • Coolwhip

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            well i’m glad you guys are more optimistic than me, makes me feel a little better… because this is what i see, when I look at Bundy I see a guy with matching ERA/FIP north of 4.50 for 2 straight years, had some glimpses of decency but never sustained it and a fastball that has lost velo every season to a new low of 91 mph. I feel like Baltimore broke him with bad development and bad philosophy. As a prospect out of highschool he was sniffing at 100s. What positives are you 2 seeing?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Bundy still is a work-in-progress — 9 K/9, 3.2 BB/9 and 4.73 FIP with way too many homers allowed, but Angels Stadium can help that… I’m not saying I love him, but this feels like a positive move for him

              • Curious George says:
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                Can Bundy be 2020s Giolito? Both had pedigrees… that would be something!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Wouldn’t totally shock me, he just needs to limit homers and lower walks

                  • Dave D says:
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                    I like the change of scenery for him. Goes to a much better team, better home ballpark, better atmosphere, better pitchers parks with division rivals. That is without getting technical which is not my forté with mechanics or whatever. Ill leave that to Callaway.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, agreed

            • bigbear says:
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              As a forlorn O’s fan, Bundy has some really great breaking balls. He’s got this sludge type pitch that can lock up a hitter. The struggle is his velo is pedestrian and some times there’s no break… Better pitch sequencing my help some, but I don’t see a Giolito breakout.

  10. Ace of Spades says:
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    December Grey

    I know its way too early, and so much will change from now till I have to finalize this, but I’m off today and your sleeper posts are getting me into that hot stove spirit.

    Anyways. a 14 team mixed auction league with your standard 5×5 cats . $260 salary cap roster has 5 OFs, a dh, C , 1b,2b,3b, ss, two ut inf ( can be any inf pos. as long as they are not the same position ) 5 sp 2 rp and 1 util p ( can be starter or reliver ) up to 4 bench spots on draft day. In this league you can keep up to 11. ( salaries increase yearly . double each year after 3rd year )

    These are guys I am pretty set on keeping:

    J Soto – $12
    A Meadows $ 9
    O Mercado – $10
    N Cruz – $22
    Treat Urner – $20
    A Mondesi – $12
    S Kingery – $10
    S Bieber – $17
    A Colombe – $11

    Need to pick two out of this group:

    J Abreu – $25
    W Calhoun – $10
    L Urias – $10
    Y Molina – $5
    M Yastremzki – $10
    B Buxton – $20
    R Odor – $16

    Usually I don’t care about dollar amount when picking my keepers. This year, however, it would be nice to go into draft with as much $ to have for draft as possible as these are some of the names that probably wont be kept by other teams and will be available to draft:

    Trout, Betts, JD Mart, Ozuna, Blackmon, Story, Lindor, altuve, Rendon, Arenado, Freeman.
    Some big name pitchers also, but I subscribe to the Grey formula with pitching and wont be breaking the bank on any of the big names.
    Anyways, which two would you keep? Any in the first list of probable keepers that you wouldn’t keep?

    As always thanks in advance and much thanks for being the website most responsible for me doing quite well $$$$$ wise in two out of the three leagues I was in last season. Say hello to January Grey for me as I am eagerly awaiting his return.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Calhoun, then…Hmm…Maybe Abreu, maybe Urias… Can prolly just draft Abreu back if you want him

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      I’d do Calhoun and Yaz for $ saving

    • bigbear says:
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      Calhoun only. Keep your powder dry.

      How much do you think would Cruz cost in the draft? You may be able to let Cruz walk too. Especially if he’s only DH eligible.

  11. Harley Earl says:
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    Grey,

    Call me stupid, but I assume you’re expecting Happ to get playing time at 2B this year? Just trying to figure out where he gets the ABs and that seems like the obvious spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2B works for me, but he’s a starter in the OF as of rn

      • Harley Earl says:
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        I just looked at his fielding for last year, and he’ll have CF, RF, LF, 3B and 2B eligibility for Yahoo next year. That’s great positional flexibility! Yeah, I play Yahoo. I like their rules a little better than some of the others that are too strict. It’s a game and meant to be fun!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t judge, I have Yahoo leagues, and, yeah, his eligibility is great

          • Harley Earl says:
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            We have an opening in my Yahoo Keeper League if you’d like to try your hand with us!!!

            You’d have to rebuild though! Last owner traded Yellich for Stanton. Oooops.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, thanks for offer, but I have too many leagues already

            • Malicious Phenoms says:
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              Hey Harley, I might be interested in joining? Send me the deaths..

              [email protected]

              • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                Death = Details

  12. Ronald says:
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    I am being offered Nate Lowe ($4) and J.D. Davis ($3) for Chris Paddack ($12) in a 40 team Ottoneu dynasty league. I have Flaherty, Giolito, Lamet, Jon Gray and Cease. I’m sure I’ll be able to draft a comparable guy to Paddack for around $20. Is the Nate Lowe and J.D. Davis offer good to take?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d hold

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Agree with Grey. I’m in an ottoneu league and Paddack would prob go for $40 or so if he went back into our auction. Maybe pitching is valued completely differently in yours or theres less inflation but either way I wouldn’t wanna give Paddack up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Funny, I came across Masta Ace’s Disposable Arts album in my iTunes yesterday… BTW, currently loving Maxo Kream and YBN Cordae

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      This shizz was dope!

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        Never heard, I’ll have to check them out.

        Nick the Dick finally convinced me to get Chino XL “Ricanstruction”from forever ago and it’s been on repeat for months. Never doubt Nick.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ll have to give it another listen, I listened a few times months ago, didn’t catch on and it moved down the playlist

  13. The Great Knoche says:
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    See the Snell quote on the Pham trade?

    We traded Pham for Hunter Renfroe and some Slapdick prospect?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I agree with him, btw

  14. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Trade Ramon Laureano, Wander Franco and Spencer Howard for Gerritt Cole?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  15. Gigorilla says:
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    Love the Lawrie connection. Ouch from the Brewers.

    How wonderful was it when I had Happ on my NFBC team 2 years ago, when he led off all of MLB baseball w/ that first pitch HR, and then……?

    Well Grey, you may have called that an Happenstance.

    • Gigorilla says:
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      New word for the dictionary?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice! Happenstance: When you expect a guy to break out then it just eventually randomly happens by Happenstance

      • Dave D says:
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        You can only add that if he happens to break out this year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          True… Joe Ross!

          • Dave D says:
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            Joe Ross seems to be 2020 version of your 2019 Touki Toussaint: 1.65 WHIP. Hmmm..

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              SPs are so striped clean right now, I shuddered a little, but he’s got a rotation spot, even if they sign Strasburg (I think)

              • Dave D says:
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                He’s seems fearful of the strike zone. Sciosciapath kinda bullpen guy.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, might be, but it’s so late, just throwing darts really

                  • Dave D says:
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                    Touki time? He’s cheap this year!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m alternating between hitters and pitchers, it was hitter time

                  • Dave D says:
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                    Good luck with the Honeywell pick. As they say in the old country “break a leg (arm)???

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh cmon! Like he’s that worse than your Anderson or Wander picks

                    • Dave D says:
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                      No, not at all. I’m just having fun.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, I know, last news on Honeywell, if his fractured elbow holds up he could be a bargain. Fractured elbow! That sounds awesome

                    • Dave D says:
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                      It sounds quite painful to me actually!!!???

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

  16. Hernan says:
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    wow, busy day at work, just got through to read the post, …totally agree on happ, bummed someone else got him before me in DC…, i think he’s the 2nd cheapest 25/10 guy( after the guy i’m gonna draft next) for 2020…., hopefully they don’t add any more hitters, they need a starter and bullpen help,,,, a lot more…, once againts thanks for creating those early leagues.., it’s so much fun!!!!, Donkee looking strong!!!!, he needs to be, with all those teams on top of his,,, in the overall……

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks, Hernan! Donkey always looking strong, it’s due to his strong jawline, carrying those teeth

  17. Ronald says:
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    Paddack for Dustin may, d ylan Carlson and yandy Diaz. Which side do you take?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Paddack

  18. Jim says:
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    Ian Happ sounds like a great perennial sleeper. Brandon Belt made a career of that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nick Pivetta!

      • Dave D says:
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        Lewis Brinson?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yuck

  19. The Great Knoche says:
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    You’re up. Tick Tock.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry, just saw

  20. M says:
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    Would you rather have Happ or McCutchen (both avg and obp count) in 2020?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ as of now

  21. Curious George says:
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    Hey grey and donkey!

    Is there anywhere we can see your draft boards for your on going slow drafts? Saw in the comments of the kingery sleeper post that you think “people are really on top of who to draft… been impressive so far.” Would be interesting to see and follow! Not a big deal if it’s a bunch of work…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think you can view the draft board, but I will have a post about it when we finish…

  22. The Great Knoche says:
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    Gotta ask cause I don’t know. Art Warren?is who?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, minor league Mariners closer who throws 95

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Just gobbling up those Mariners pitching prospects huh?

        I think there’s another guy In mix for that closer job and I can’t even find him in player pool.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Think he was drafted already… or not, depends who you mean

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            Not McGill or this Warren guy. Different guy.

            I meant you took Justus also.

      • hot corner says:
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        You and Donkey both took him. There must be some secret Razzball intel.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Prospect Itch talked him up on podcast with Donkey… “secret”…

          • hot corner says:
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            Ahhhhhh. Gotcha. Missed that one.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, so did I… Donkey told me after he drafted him

  23. Clint says:
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    I don’t think anyone with 20 years experience (that’s me) – or a brain – is going to buy in on Ian Happ. There are ‘winning players’ and ‘losing players’. You can think of examples of each if you’ve been doing this a while. So Ian Happ, he’s going to be on the teams that finish 9 of 12 or 8 of 12 and has been in the past. Bad sleeper, just say no.

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