“I’ll always remember 2018 as the year baseball’s free agents didn’t sign until February,” which is exactly what someone says after listing 3,500 things they’ll remember about 2018 before when baseball free agents signed.  J.D. Martinez finally signed in Boston for $110 million, after being previously offered $150 million, $105 million, $141 million, $15 million (this one was just to see if he was paying attention) and $300 million.  J.D. Martinez didn’t negotiate a contract, he was picking suitcases on Deal of No Deal.  “Howie, I’m going to take the #4 suitcase and give back the $150 million suitcase.”  *three days later*  “Well, that sucked.”  Yeah, I’m not sure what J.D. was doing.  His name is definitely not Just Deal, because he dragged his heels for three weeks and seemed to lose a lot of money, and bargaining ability.  Any hoo!  In the top 20 for 2018 fantasy baseball, here’s what I said, “Here’s what I would’ve said, had Martinez signed somewhere, “Sure, going to Chase Field for half a season in a walk year is like having some half-baked rhymes and getting to work with Dr. Dre.  You can throw out there a line like, “You think I’m being a cock with my rhyme, but I think chickens keep the thyme,” and that shizz goes triple-platinum even though no one but seventeen hipsters in Brooklyn buy albums anymore.  What do call a millennial that says ‘Bedford-Thighvethant?’  A lispster.  Take it, Highlights, it’s yours.  Being in Chase for half a season in his walk year was like being a nobody-nothing who is working an assistant job cleaning out potted plants that Weinstein just irrigated, then finding out you have a high count of midichlorians in your blood and you’re mothereffin’ Frank Skywalker, Luke’s other kid.  And you’re not Frank Skywalker like Frank Stallone, but you have some real qualities to add to the mythology.  That’s J.D.’s last year.  However (Grey’s turning the ship around?), J.D.’s able to hit wherever he’s played.  His home/away splits in his career are better at home, but everyone’s are.  It’s just easier to hit at home because you’re sleeping in your house, you don’t need to travel, you don’t have to tell the hotel’s front desk to please tell Archie Bradley’s room to be quiet.  Road scholars are rare, and are a little weird anyway.  Only thing stopping Just Dong, and what has also stopped him in the past is his health.  Other than subtracting 75 ABs from the bottom line, there’s not much we can do with that, i.e., I love J.D. but there’s injury risk.'”  And that’s me quoting hypothetical me!  As I said in the above blurb, Just Dong is who he is, and Fenway’s gonna be a lovely place for him to just, uh, dong.  With the signing of Just Dong, Hanley’s going to play 1st base, which means it will take one throw into the first base line for Hanley to lose his arm, and I lowered him in my top 20 1st basemen for 2018 fantasy baseball.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this spring training for 2018 fantasy baseball:

Chris Tillman – After posting a 7.84 ERA last year, Tillman re-signed with the Orioles.  Though, it should be a resigned Tillman re-signed with a resigned Orioles.

Cheslor Cuthbert – Royals are saying they’re going to give Cheslor 500 ABs.  In related news, the Royals are going to be awful this year.  Fun fact!  Cheslor Cuthbert is from the Corn Islands.  Sounds tough to digest.  I’ve added Cheslor to the top 20 3rd basemen for 2018 fantasy baseball.

Troy Tulowitzki – Questionable for Opening Day.

Tim Lincecum – Received a guaranteed offer from a team that was not the Giants.  No word yet on which team.  My guess is the company softball team of Zen Healing Dispensary on Melrose.

Joaquin Benoit – Signed with the Nats to work middle relief and scream, “The T is silent!”

Jarrod Dyson – With the signing of J.D. Martinez in Boston, nearly simultaneously, without a blink of the eye, the Diamondbacks said, “Nuh-uh, you’re not going to show us up.  We’re going to sign a player that also has the initials J.D.”  Updated my top 100 outfielders for 2018 fantasy baseball and top 500 for 2018 fantasy baseball to include Dyson, and lowered Yasmany Tomas.

  1. henncoop says:
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    Been getting geared up & looking forward to another fantasy season with Razzball’s rankings & insights. Thanks for the great write-ups mixed with your humor & binge worthy TV recommendations
    Hoping my Brewer are not the Linecum landing spot but since we have Miley & Gallardo …we might as well throw some more shit on the wall & see what sticks. I might be cynical in my old age but we need some pitching
    Anyway … Keep up the great work

    • Peacecoast says:
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      @henncoop: Thanks! Although I hope Grey pitches in a little more this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @henncoop: Thanks! No one wants their team to sign Lincecum, but, alas, he has to sign somewhere

  2. The Skrimmer says:
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    I will have the first pick in the draft in my keeper/contract league and I am coming back with a roster that I am not that confident about, especially SP with Cole and Arrieta. I believe that I will have the choice between: J.D. Martinez, Judge, and Scherzer. Which door do you choose?

    • John Payne says:
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      Scherzer

  3. DoubleHeaders says:
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    Royals will be all kinds of dreadful this year but a cool move by Hosmer to wear Yordano’s number. Quick question for 10 team h2h mixed dynasty…..would you rather have this year of Votto (with no hope of resigning him for future) or next 2 yrs of Mazara (with possibility of resigning him)? Thanks for all the great shizz, Grey.

    • Cram It says:
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      @DoubleHeaders: Votto if you can legit win this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DoubleHeaders: Agree with Cram… That is cool by Hosmer, hadn’t heard that before

  4. Earl says:
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    Just curious about people’s feedback if one should be overly concerned about Stanton’s health when considering him for 1st round pick? I suppose their is injury risk for everyone but I think I read that last year was really the 1st season that Stanton had good health.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Earl: Weren’t you asking about your 1st round pick yesterday? He’ll be able to DH some this year. I wouldn’t worry about it. He’s not like Tulo injury prone.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Earl: He had fluky injuries 2 years ago and prior, not chronic ones

      • Earl says:
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        @Grey: Following your top 500 to the letter so far, I got Bryce Harper and Freddie Freeman with my 1st 2 picks. I just started a slow email draft. Solid start if I do say so myself!

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

  5. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    what about this one, the AL only version. same exact scoring/rosters
    correa (1)
    snell (12th)
    morton (19th)
    devers (25th)
    k.davis (5th)
    segura (3rd)
    mancini (25th)
    mostsuckass (if he goes to AL, gotta think KC nabs him now to avoid being the bar none worst offense in baseball, 10th)
    kiermaier (9th)
    delmonico (25th)
    if multiple from same round one has to move up one round

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Grey: keep which 3 of those.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Grey: that’s a good point. correa vs which others? as i can find out what other players are gone, and i’ll be drafting out of the 8th spot in odd rounds (but that’s not guaranteed as we let owners from bottom up pick their draft slots, and keepers of course affect where in the 1st round somebody might want to go, so it’s possible i’d have a better than 8th pick in the 1st)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Davis, Segura, Morton…All your guys

          • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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            @Grey: hahaha, the entire list coin flip, other than the clear mancini/devers

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup!

  6. Tony says:
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    Do you change Betts’ projections at all with the JD signing?

  7. Old School Brother says:
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    No wonder PBR is a lispsters favorite beer. They must really dig that sweet S in PabSt

  8. knucks says:
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    I can’t decide if I am surprised to see that you weren’t more bullish on the Odorizzi move. The move away from the AL East and into the Central doesn’t excite you as much as it does the cookie cutter ‘perts? On the surface, trading out the Red for White Sox… Also prob about 10 less games for the Twins vs the Bronx Bombers as opposed to the Rays…

    How many times was he going to pitch against the Yanks in the Bronx or at Fenway? Maybe 2/3 starts there each? Its obvious that most of the division is rebuilding, so that’s the easy take. Outside of the Tribe… the Royals/Tigers/White Sox are looking pretty weak for 2018. The part about his home ERA does make a lot of sense. And those realities are why I come to Razz on the daily. I will be interested to track his Fantrax ADP for the next few weeks though. I’d imagine it bumps up a bit. Was pretty satisfied about where I got him in NFBC at pick #260. At the moment, his ADP on Fantrax is 264. But see that he went at pick 322 in LABR.

    Speaking of NFBC, the site went down for most of the weekend. We were in Round 50. So annoying.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: Yeah, I could see Odorizzi becoming a little safer, but he was never a high K guy… Guess it could change, but wouldn’t bet on it… That sucks on NFBC… We’re doing our NFBC signups in the next day or so

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: I guess it is a new software/platform this year? I wouldn’t know. But it seems they figured it out and the site is fine now, so hopefully won’t affect your leagues. Wish I didn’t get bored 3 weeks ago and jump into one. Though I did just join the FCL. Should be an interesting RCL learning curve for me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’ll do fine!

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @knucks: We won’t bite too hard.

          • knucks says:
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            @The Great Knoche: *rawr*

            Was just emailing with Truss. Looking forward to getting my tits lit.

            “I’m newww, I’m new, I dunno what to do” -Joe Dirt

  9. Cram It says:
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    Speaking of Tulo, I can’t believe he’s only 33 years old. Has there ever been a guy who’s worn the injury prone level to this degree? I remember there was some push back with you calling Jacoby Ellsbury injury prone some years ago. That’s more true of him than not, but Tulo’s reached 140 games just once in the last 8 years. I don’t, he’s fascinating. I think he deserves a movie.

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @Cram It: without looking it up JD Drew comes to mind, feel like he was good for missing 20-60 games a year

      • Cram It says:
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        @Slappy Jack: Good call. Yes, he had a pretty long career of playing 100-145 games a year!

        • Logjammin says:
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          @Cram It:
          The ghost of Eric Davis will haunt you for not mentioning his name, 17 seasons, never played in more than 135 games.

          Wait, he’s not dead?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

          • Cram It says:
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            @Logjammin: Fair enough, but he was pre-fantasy baseball! The frustration of owning a guy like that hadn’t been fully realized yet.

    • Hawk says:
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      @Cram It:

      Most guys that injury prone don’t last until they’re 33

    • Justin says:
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      @Cram It:

      I mean Tulo was the top player in the game not so long ago. My how the mighty have fallen. Sammy Sosa looks on snickering…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: That is shocking… He’s 33 years old, going on decrepit like an M. Knight movie…

    • Jay says:
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      @Cram It:
      What about David “don’t call it a come back” Wright?

      • Cram It says:
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        @Jay: He was generally healthy for his first 7/8 years and had a few full seasons to his name, until he fell of a cliff.

    • Stupid Sexy Glanders says:
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      @Cram It: he once broke ribs making a routine play. tore groin (like worse than most other groin tears) on another one.

  10. Someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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    Grey you’re picking 1st in a 10 team league with OPS. You take trout, on the way back if you had to choose between Bellinger, Votto, Springer, Scherzer. Which two are you taking?

  11. knucks says:
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    Seeing on the ESPN support website that Fantasy Baseball is set to open some time today. We’ll see if that actually happens. So glad you guys moved over to Fantrax for RCLs.

    • MattTruss

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      knucks! Hey man, speaking of RCLs, you want to jump in the Frequent Commenters League RCL? Should be a good time with a good group of regular commenters. If you’re interested, shoot me an email, trussellm at gmail dot com and I’ll get you in.

      • knucks says:
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        @MattTruss: Just checking the RCL sheet, draft is Saturday 24MAR @ 3PM? Is that the one? If yes, I’m in, I’ll send you an email in a sec. Should be interesting, seeing as how this will be my first RCL. Feet to the fire, immediately haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: I can’t believe they’re still not open, that’s absurd

  12. I Have Terrible News for You says:
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    Yo Grey-zilla! Dumb question about stupid pitchers in a h2h cats keeper league with Quality Starts. Rudy’s auction calculator likes Shark to the tune of $17.6 (a top 18 arm) and I can keep him for $6. The calculator has Wacha for $7.5 but I can keep him for $1.

    I know you generally like Wacha more this year but is Shark a better bet given my league’s categories? Wacha has a tendency to not go very long in games, so he’s no sure thing for QS.

  13. John Holden says:
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    Hey guys, would you trade Blackmon and Carrasco for Betts. 7 player keeper league, 5×5 category league. Thanks

  14. Oppo Taco says:
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    Ayo Grey! Great article as always, I’m trying to make a trade to sure up my keepers prior to the season. As of now I’m stuck with a tough choice with my last couple guys. We keep 8 at no cost and no restrictions. So far I’m keeping Goldy, Trea Turner, Bumgarner, Rizzo, Seager. Can you give me some feedback on who should be my last three out of : Bregman, Upton, Verlander, Hoskins, Contreras, Kenley Jansen. Thanks!

    • Pager24 says:
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      @Oppo Taco: I’d drop Bum and Seager and keep Bregman and Hoskins

      • Cram It says:
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        @Pager24: I’d keep all of the bats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oppo Taco: Sorry, others may not agree with each other… Bregman, Upton, Hoskins

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: I agree with the guy Grey is agreeing with.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I emailed you, Cram… About the RCL

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Thanks, I got the invite from Rudy. I can’t figure out how to edit my team name. That app is sensory overload!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, I think it’s under personal info

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: That’s not where it was but I found it. Sheesh!

                Does Fantrax not have an app? Or maybe just for iPhone?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oops! I don’t think they do, that I know of…

                • The Great Knoche says:
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                  @Cram It: Nope. It’s formatted off regular website to function “normally” no App.

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: @The Great Knoche: Right on, just wondering if I was missing something.

                    • Grey

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                      Your guess = mine

  15. Bas says:
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    Sir Grey!

    I hope you r doing ok.
    Here in Holland we are all over the speed skating thing up in Korea. I’am thinking, who the F%^*&K keep this year.
    I won last year with the help of fellow Razzballer Aaron who performed a great draft for me.
    Any the how. I need to keep 8 from this list:

    Rizzo (also 2B)
    Scherzer
    Judge
    C. Seager
    Rendon
    Gordon
    Segura
    Ray
    Cain
    Odor

    Who to keep Sir Grey?

    Many thanks,
    Bas from Holland

    • Cram It says:
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      @Bas: Not Cain and Segura.

      • Bas says:
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        @Cram It:

        Thanks @Cram It.
        Could also go in supplemental and keep 7. Odor seems a bit shaky in the projections?

        Bas from Holland

        • Cram It says:
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          @Bas: Oh so you don’t NEED to keep 8. Liar!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Busted!

          • Bas says:
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            @Cram It:
            @Cram It ;-)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bas: Not Cain and Segura or Odor…That’s the toss up… I’d keep Odor

  16. Dan says:
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    Always hilarious intro Grey! Also have a question for yah…

    I can keep $120 worth of players in my keeper league…I just can’t figure out which group would be better to keep…need your guidance.

    Group 1
    Albies – $1
    Machado -$31
    Lindor – $23
    Harper – $42
    I. Happ – $2
    Weaver – $5
    Castillo – $4
    Godley – $4
    Lamet – $1
    Giles – $7

    Group 2
    G. Sanchez – $19
    Rizzo – $31
    Albies – $1
    Machado – $31
    Lindor – $23
    Happ – $2
    Weaver – $5
    Castillo – $4
    Godley – $4

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dan: Thanks! So it’s Harper or Giles and Sanchez? I’d take Harper, but I guess league depth might factor in

      • Dan says:
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        @Grey: Basically it’s Harper or Rizzo/Sanchez. It’s a. 10 Team league.

        • Grey

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          When you put it that way, I could see leaning Rizzo/Sanchez

          • Dan says:
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            @Grey: Tough call, thanks for your help! I can also try and get Harper back during draft.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  17. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, I’m in a all keeper league with 10-team. (5×5)
    We plan to re-draft every three years and this year is a re-draft year.

    Your ranking is for normal rule which may not suitable with all keepers.
    What should I notice / judge based on your ranking? e.g., younger is better ect, anymore?
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: No hard and fast rule, but yeah younger guys move up, in general…

  18. Paul says:
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    Hi Gray I need help with keepers,

    I can only keep two of these hitters I have the 10th pick in this draft
    Stanton 2nd round
    Bryant 3rd round
    Machado 4th round
    Hoskins 10th round
    Buxton 15th round

    My thoughts are struggling between the first three (Stanton, Bryant, Machado)

    there are a lot of top players available in the first round to choose from so I may get Stanton or a top player back, the person in the 9th pick may overdraft Springer because he loves him

    So top guys being thrown back into the draft this year cant be kept are
    Trout, Alutve, Goldschmidt, Arenado, Kershaw, Betts, Harper, Scherzer, Stanton, (Springer im hoping the guy before me takes so I get one of those top guys…
    if all those guys are taken before me I still have options with my first pick such as Kluber, Freeman, (Judge or Corrasco – depending on who this guy keeps), Votto, Rizzo, JD Martinez

    So I kinda want some draft stratergy here, I may be able to keep Bryant and Machado 3rd and 4th and hope to grab a top Hitter / Pitcher combo with my first two picks… is this the best way?

    • Paul says:
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      @Paul: The only plus of keeping Buxton or Hoskins if you bleieve in them, I’m thining of drafting Buxton in the 5th round… but i could keep him in the 15th then for the next two years 14 and 13th round.
      Where this is my last year I can keep Bryant and Machado.

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Paul: stanton/hoskins

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paul: Stanton, Hoskins

  19. Docmcstuffins says:
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    I’m trying to trade for some better keepers and Jose Ramirez has a 7th round cost this year. He’d be keepable for 2 more years after 2018 but the price increases 2 rounds each year so 2019 5th cost, 2020 3rd cost.

    What round pick would you be comfortable giving up for him? Maybe up to a 5th rounder this year? So hed cost my 5th and 7th this year then…

    Same question for Bellinger but he has a 19th round cost for 2018, then 17th, then 15th. Give up a 2nd and 3rd round pick this year for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Docmcstuffins: Yeah, I’d give a 5th rounder for Jo-Ram — 3rd rounder for Cody

  20. jon says:
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    14 team keeper league
    my pitching is

    madbum
    carrasco
    paxton
    ray
    cole
    stroman

    Should I go after Kershaw?

    and which starter would you surround the trade around? I would be then adding bats to the starter or maybe send two starters? Carrasco and Cole? Paxton and Cole? Stroman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jon: What do you mean — Should I go after Kershaw?

      • jon says:
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        @Grey:

        Another GM has Kershaw.. hes looking to trade him….

        Is my pitching fine you think? or should i make a move to get Kersh

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @jon: You have too much pitching as it is, you don’t need 4 number ones

  21. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Need help deciding which 2 to keep: Betts, Rizzo, Lindor, Springer, and Rendon.

    Scoring for batters is standard 5×5 with the addition of Ks and OBP.

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  22. Bas says:
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    Sir Grey,

    Just received this last minute trade proposal:

    I give up Rizzo/Scherzer (Rizzo also 2B)
    I get Harper/Bumgartner

    5×5 and I would keep both players (Duh!)

    I’am leaning to keep my guys who lead me to another trophy.

    Many thanks,

    Bas from Holland who is waiting for another gold medal for the Dutch speed skaters;-)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bas: Hold

  23. primetime says:
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    Grey, Keeper Question.

    Who is worth holding McCullers or Weaver?

    Need to move one.

  24. Borasisatool says:
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    Great shizz as always G man!

    Having trouble deciding on my keepers for this year. I have a ton of young upside and not sure who to keep.

    12 team h2h ops and qs are extra cats. We play one extra infield eligible slot and have one util.

    Choose seven of
    Bryant lindor cano lamb k Davis Pham odor conforto Dahl Rosario Paxton verlander McCullers berrios.

    Some are no doubt keepers but where I have a hang up is k Davis vs someone like conforto or Dahl.

    Also cano vs odor.

    Thanks in advance man, and I can’t wait for the daily write ups.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Borasisatool: Bryant lindor cano Davis odor Paxton verlander

  25. Phil Up Your Crevice says:
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    What up Grey,

    I want to apologize before asking the question, because I asked this question last week but the background information wasn’t accurate (long story). Thus why I’m inclined to ask again, because I’m not sure how to move forward. I have to keep three of the following, but would have to give up a draft pick for the player:

    Judge (24th rounder), Kris Bryant (3rd), Springer (1st), Ozuna (14th), C-Mart (4th), Wilson Contreras (9th).

    I have the 4th overall pick in this draft. Note that although keepers haven’t officially been announced, I am anticipating not many great hitters will be available by the 4th pick (maybe Betts and Harper will be available but taken with the first two picks, but that’s pretty much it…the next best hitter would be Daniel Murphy or Edwin Encarnacion, and I’d rather have Springer than them…I could pick an ace like Kershaw or Sale or Scherzer, but I value hitting more). Judge is obvious, and although Bryant doesn’t bring back as much value, I’m still keeping him for a third rounder. My third option is what’s troublesome. I’m leaning towards Springer, instead of Ozuna. What are your thoughts?

      • Phil Up Your Crevice says:
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        @Grey:
        you’re the best, as you already know

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Aw, thanks!

  26. IntendedSteb says:
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    Keeper league trade question.
    I am looking to add Arenado. I was going to offer Gary Sanchez and two of the top prospects (Acuna, Guerrero, Jimenez, Robles or Torres.) There are no guarantees that he will accept, but should I do it?

  27. Jose says:
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    Grey,

    Any concern Eaton leading off could hinder Turner’s SB opportunities? Any chance Turner gets put in the 9 hole by Martinez a la Joe Maddon prodigy manager style, with the pitcher batting 8th? Wouldn’t Eaton be more at risk of landing in the 9 hole? Am I worrying too much about all this?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, you’re worrying too much

  28. Hello Gracious Grey thank you for enlightening us once again with your majestic insight. I’m out of jail enjoying a samiccch on work release. Figuring out my draft this year will be difficult. Maybe I will just have to copy and paste your rankings with a little tweak here and their. My advice for you, if shit ever goes sour with you and Coug’ s don’t text her the the district court judge he can go eff himself and the tge system is a broke joke on third street

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You sound like you’re on the road to being a productive member of the Razzball community again.

      • @Grey: I really appreciate that Grey, that’s my goal. Haven’t heard yet from the little league board on whether my appeal of a one your suspension will be over turned but I have my fingers crossed

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Worst case scenario, you can be a guidance counselor and really make a difference in those kids’ lives!

    • Old School Brother says:
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      @Dnut Eastwood: This is great advice, will remember for when i have a cougs of my own

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I sense the makings of a self-help group

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Or maybe self-realization group

        • @Grey: I realized how Important It is to read the best fantasy baseball advice site along time ago but today I realized something else but I forgot. Oh well. But if you drive by a court house in the near future and see a man with a Razzball shirt and a blow horn speaking the truth at high decibels that is me

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Once you can control the volume of your voice, nothing is stopping you!

  29. BJFOHOHL says:
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    My grandmas maiden name was Martinez. I wonder if I’m related?

    Its funny we knew JD and Hosmer were going to end up where they did, I just wonder how JD will handle the scrutiny of the Boston media. Tough place to play. Detroit was barely a city and more of a post apocalyptic zone and Phoenix is a cute little town where a working AC is as important as water and just above food.

    This just in the angels are lowering the right field wall from 18 feet to 8 feet. Lots of line drives off that wall are now dongs. Cust Kayin’

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just Dong, meet your cousin, Just Hate

      Dong will be fine, until he’s injured for 45 days in the middle of the playoff race — Phoenix is awful… Zack Cozart just gained 2 HRs!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: call me cousin hate. It’s certifeid organic hate. None of the chemical induced hate. Pure salt of the earth hate.

        Seriously on that wall. Lefty bats get a boost in Anaslime?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yo, Couz Hate, what haps?

          Shohei’s gonna be like, “Awesome! Short walls!” “Crap! Short walls!”

          • BJFOHOHL says:
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            @Grey: I can see him playing this song in his head

            You take the good, you take the bad,
            you take them both and there you have
            The facts of life, the facts of life.

            Can I call him Tuttiotani?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… He’s the other side of the same coin…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: two headed nickel

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Jack/Dong

                  • BJFOHOHL says:
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                    @Grey: Jack is the ass so its not 2 headed

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Two butted?

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      My white side denied me any butt at all

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Come to the Grey side

                    • BJFOHOHL says:
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                      Im not that eccentric

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

  30. Big League choo says:
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    10 team dynasty 5×5 OBP

    Scale of 1-10 how bad is this trade

    Keston hiura/johnny cueto for vlad jr

    Guy I traded for his vlad is a newbie but has a team built for a championship with trout, judge, freeman, Jose Ramirez, syndergaard and Bumgarner. Is it trade rape?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      9?

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: Throw in Vlad senior to even it out

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Or one of his knees and HOF plaque

          • Old School Brother says:
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            @Grey: Rangers are playing in SF this summer. I’m thinking about going out there to visit my cousin and taking her to one of those games. “Look over there in right field, see over there? That’s where Ron Washington let Vlad Guerrero fail around like a fish out of water so that we could make sure his cold bat was in the lineup”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… One day, maybe his son can do same…

  31. Cheese says:
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    In a 16 team H2H league, if you had the choice of any draft spot in a snake draft, what would your top 3 choices be?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1, 4, 5

  32. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! Was chatting with Ralph over the weekend about possibly taking a $4 Godley or $3 Sonny as my 7th keeper (keep 7, 12 teams) over a $15 Schoop from a salary/budget standpoint. You agree?

    Luurve Schoop and very high on Godley . . . but feel like keeping Godley (or Sonny) and redrafting Schoop will cost me less at auction than keeping Schoop and drafting Godley. CBS (where the league is) has Schoop at $19 ($4 savings) and both Godley and Sonny at $15 each ($11-12 savings), and my league usually drafts off of the CBS values.

    The other factor is that I’d love to grab 2-3 of Taylor, Story, Odor, Peraza (and/or Schoop) for my middle infield + letting Schoop go back to FA allows me more flex to go with best values there.

    FWIW – other 6 keepers are cheap Goldy, Bellinger, JDM, Blackmon, Devers, Robbie Ray

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, I could see that… I’d just go Gray tho… Schoop will likely go for $20-ish, so not much more

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks – yea exactly. Even though Schoop is very good and very young, people seem bored by him already (keeping his price reasonable). Devers, meanwhile, would go sky-high in this league, even though Schoop probably has the better 2018 (Devers is $11 btw).

        I hear ya on Gray v. Godley.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Godley’s not bad tho, pretty close…Plus, dat humidor!

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Grey: Yeah – I think it’s about upside between Gray and Godley in a 12 team mixed. Godley, esp with any boost from the humidor, seems like a guy who could pull a late-20s DeGrom-type transformation in a best case scenario. Gray in the Bronx . . . love it as a Yankee fan, but hard to see him matching Godley’s K and ERA ratios (even if he takes wins).

            Don’t have to decide for a month or so, so might be a spring training type decision to see if Godley’s velo is still up like it was last year.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Gray was pretty damn good last year…

              • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                @Grey: True, but he really went downhill in the Bronx (Ks went down and 4.90 FIP in bronx). Don’t get me wrong, I still like him . . . I just think he’s the more likely of the two to have a 3.8-4 ERA.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Damn, you’re tough! Yeah, prolly both are close, NL West is better place, Gray feels safer

                  • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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                    @Grey: ha! Agreed. Nah, I think I just have a reverse bias (against my favorite real-life NYY players) in fantasy. The only Yankee I’ve ever owned besides Gray (who I drafted pre-trade) is Severino. Everyone else gets drafted at a premium in my leagues, which are mostly NYY fans.

                    • Grey

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                      You gots to get on that Giancarlo wang, tho

  33. Chris says:
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    Hi Grey,

    would like your recommendation for a 7 player keeper league, 14 teams, H2h:

    Scoring:
    R, H, 2b, 3b, Hr, rbi, sb, bb, avg
    W, L, K, Hld, Sv, ERA, WHIP, QS, K/9

    For sure:
    Blackmon + Machado + JD Martinez + Dozier + McCutchen + Kluber

    For my 7th keeper, please let me know, which is best for my team:
    Didi Gregorius + Lorenzo Cain + Tanaka + McCullers

    thanks for the advise!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCullers

  34. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    I’m liking this news confirming McMahon being the clear frontrunner for full time starting 1B in COL . . .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is that what they’re saying already? That’s sexy!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Yea! Rotoworld just said he’s expected to be their starting 1B, absent an FA signing or something crazy in spring, with Desmond starting in OF most days. Here’s hoping McMahon has a perfectly solid but not Story-like Spring.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wouldn’t put it over on Rockies to sign CarGo still — either Cargos

          • knucks says:
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            @Grey: Or Mark Reynolds? Or you think its more likely he will end up platooning somewhere else?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, that’s my guess, wherever he ends up

  35. Ryan741 says:
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    Grey, need a trade opinion in a H2H points keeper league. I would trade Kluber (9th round keeper value) and Ozuna (13th) for Strasburg (5th) and Bellinger (13th). Which side do you prefer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kluber side

      • Ryan741 says:
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        @Grey What would you ask for back in terms of draft pick(s) to be willing to do the deal?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What deal?

          • Ryan741 says:
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            @Grey Kluber/Ozuna for Strasburg/Bellinger

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s fair, I don’t know why you’re giving draft picks

  36. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly mixed roto keeper question. story in round 21 (2 keeper eligible years remaining) or moncada in round 19 (3 keeper eligible years remaining). assuming story based on this years rankings, but not sure if the extra year of eligibility plus upside of yoan sways anything?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moncada or Story is a coin flip

  37. OaktownSteve says:
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    I found some late pitching I like yesterday. Watched a ton of video. Maybe this year’s Luis Castillo. I was starting to waiver on early (for me) pitching, but I think I’ll be waiting.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Ok, what the hell, I’ll give him up. Have you watched much Reynaldo Lopez? Reminds me of Castillo. Easy 98 and a wipe out breaking arsenal. Lacks polish but does not lack for confidence. Watched his last two starts from last year. You can how the command may come around.

        Hadn’t ever watched much Chase Anderson before. Very impressed. Great pitch mix. Had a plan of attack. Very good command to execute his pitches. In the starts I watch he was very consistently on the edges. Didn’t realize his stuff was quite as good as it is.

        Another guy I think is undervalued is Maeda. The way Dodgers handle their pitchers might limit his innings which could be why his ADP is low. I remember not liking him when he came up for some reason, but he looked very good to me. Not unlike Anderson in a way. Pitch mix, stuff, pitchability all looked above average to me.

        I think I’m coming around on Garrett Richards (thanks Magoo). Watched his starts at the end of the year and the arm looked very live. Injury crapshoot but at least he didn’t look like he was diminished at all. At 180 ADP I think that’s acceptable for me.

        I like Tyler Mahle quite a bit as well. The park/division are scary. Always showed great control in the minors and struggled with BBs in his cup of coffee but could see him making the adjustment. Doesn’t look like his assured a rotation spot out of spring but he’s a better pitcher than most of the guys ahead of him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Magoo’s polluted your brain, like cocaine polluted Michelle Pffeifer’s womb… Ooh, yeah, I like that Reynaldo, feels 2 years away… Gonna be some gems, thinking of Vince Velasquez…. Anderson’s command is excellent, not totally my kind of guy… Maeda’s hugely undervalued, I don’t know where people think he’s going but Dodgers need to get through 162 games, so they have to start him at least 22+ times… Mahle was just drafted seconds ago in the league where I’m drafting (NL-Only)… He scares me big time, but maybe as a end game flyer…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Mahle is a total flyer but I liked what I saw.

            I think Reynaldo may be ready to go this year.

            Hate to tell you but one guy I expected to like more who I am now off is Bauer. I know what the numbers look like second half but I did not like what I saw. He can’t command his pitches. The spin rate on the breaking ball is insane but it’s high effort. I looked up the swing rate on the curveball and it’s already pretty low at like 31% of the time guys swing at it. Guys will probably really lay off it until he can throw it for a few strikes. I think he’ll still K a lot of guys but I would project an ERA above 4 and still pretty whippy.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Don’t second guess Bauer, please don’t do that… Yeah, I was surprised by how much I liked him… This is the big breakout year…We’ll see who’s right… Reynaldo’s at least a year away, but there will be flashes of *chef’s kiss*

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @OaktownSteve: I’m a big fan of Bauer this year, and a lot of it comes down to a repertoire change late in the season. He switched from a cutter to a slider in the second half, particularly vs. RHB and it made huge improvements in his stuff.

              First 19 starts: 5.58 ERA, 1.49 Whip, 25.7%, K%, 9.5% Bb%
              Cutter usage: 10.4%

              Last 12 starts post-slider: 2.43 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 26.8% K%, 6% Bb%
              Slider usage:13.5%
              Cutter usage:3.9%.

              He did use the curveball more but it’s more effective vs. LHB. Where it consistently gets 10%+ whiff%. The zone rate actually ticked up on the curveball afterward. One of the reasons his curve zone% jumped 4% on the whole year over year. He’s throwing it more in a way that’s more effective.

              The Slider gives him a weapon to attack RHB with that generates swings and misses, while limiting hard contact. The cutter failed to do the latter. Lot of that has to do with the movement, the slider’s break is sharper with more of a run and tailing action, running off the plate to RHB. So when he misses with the slider it’s still low in the zone. Unlike the cutter that would get hung middle middle with more frequency.

              Bauer is always tinkering with things, maybe he’s found a roadmap to consistent success and better command of his entire arsenal. He already had the innings, Ks, and W’s, if the ratios get into the 3.60 ERA, 1.20 WHIP neighborhood he’s a valuable guy at his ADP.

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                @Ralph Lifshitz:

                I knew about the change in the pitch mix and his strong finish. The narrative makes sense.

                Here’s what I saw on the tape that reminds me of Salazar and gives me concern. Deep counts. In the second half he averaged 17 pitches per inning. In 11 starts in August and September he averaged 5.2 IP/start. His first strike percentage was the 3 worst in baseball among qualified starters last year.

                I feel like a change in pitch mix is something the league can adjust to. I’d really like to see him demonstrate better ability to command his pitches before I call breakout. His stuff is good but it’s not THAT good. The fastball has some arm side run but it looks a little flat to me for the most part.

                You might be right, but I am just not at all sold on him.

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: You gotta admit though, a polluted Pffeifer womb is still pretty sexy

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh hell yeah!

        • Big Magoo

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          @OaktownSteve: Richards! Glad to hear it. I agree that he’s risky from a durability standpoint, but stuff, control, park, defense – it’s all there. Not too risky at his ADP.

          You’re bringing me around on Anderson. Don’t love his home park, but he definitely looks like a different pitcher from the one he was in Arizona.

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @OaktownSteve: you can have Reynaldo. Only 30% GB rate in that park and very low rates all through upper levels in minors. plus lotsa Hard contact,
          Hard pass.

          Love me some late Richards though.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @The Great Knoche:

            This brings up a point I’ve been meaning to raise about Luis Castillo. He never showed anything like a 58% GB rate (which he had last year) in the minors. Mostly under 40%. That’s an extreme jump.

            As far as Lopez goes, I saw a guy who was a very uncomfortable AB. I think the White Sox are pretty good at developing guys. Don Cooper is an unsung Searage. Maybe you’re right, maybe Grey is right that he’s a year off. The scout in me was pretty excited.

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @OaktownSteve:

              Another note on Castillo…his Hard Contact% was nearly 30%. Lopez was actually a bit lower.

              Back on Lopez, apparently the change up improved quite a bit with the White Sox. This is one of those gut feel/eyeball picks for me.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Don’t hate Lopez as a last round flyer, but I think in shallower leagues he’s going to be impossible to own

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @OaktownSteve: Luis Castillo added a two seam sinking fastball, ticked up the GB% significantly.

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz:

                Thanks dude. Makes sense.

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @OaktownSteve: I think you’re onto something with Lopez. When I profiled him last year I came away impressed. Fastball is legit, changeup was a nice alternative to his curveball which I’m not found of. He added the Cooper cutter all White Sox starters do, I wonder if his feel for that pitch improved over the offseason. If it did, he can rely less on the curveball.

              Good call, I’m definitely digging in on Lopez more this ST, see what he’s throwing.

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz:

                He did say that he’s getting the feel for the cutter (he calls it a slider). Said the change is way better than the curve and thinks the slider will surpass the change.

                I like the fact that he said his goal for the year is 200 IP, 15 W and 200K. Confident. Has that mound presence.

  38. Someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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    Grey would you like Donaldson more in an OPS league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  39. Yankees or Redsox will roster the best hitters to group or pair in dfs lineups?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yanks

  40. birrrdy! says:
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    Doh! Just lost JD in my NL only keeper league. Fantasy sux sometimes….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He failed his physical, now headed to Padres… Better or worse?

  41. The Great Knoche says:
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    Arrieta to Phillies sounds like almost done.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, wish I bet on the Phils in November

  42. Uncle Ernie says:
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    Hello there Grey. 8 teamer Kepler question. Corey Seager at $7 or Rizzo at $14. Either one would fit into my keeper list plans so looking at best value vs upside. Rizzo seems to have lost 2 nd base status for 2018. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good ol Kepler question! I’d go Seager

      • Speill says:
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        @Grey: oops!! Wasn’t he an Astronomer ? Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re thinking of Joey Galileo

          • Speill says:
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            @Grey: ?

            • Speill says:
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              @Speill: ok got it. Off day

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: don’t forget that guy they named the comet after who pitches for the Red Sox, Justin Haley.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice!

  43. OaktownSteve says:
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    Albright, I’m going to make it worse. You know who Bauer reminds me of? Danny Salazar. Bauer threw more pitches in fewer innings last year than the year before. I saw a lot of deep counts. Grinding ABs. I don’t hate Bauer. I just don’t want to call a breakout for a guy who seems to not be in better command of his pitches. The film just didn’t inspire a lot of confidence.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bauer to me profiles as that guy who is wild as shizz and then it all clicks, and it looked like it did in the 2nd half last year… At least on paper…

  44. GusPike says:
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    Keeper league (5×5) – I get to keep five guys. Who doesn’t make my list? I’m trying to move Sale and Martinez in trades but if no takers I will need to let someone go,.

    Trea Turner
    Rizzo
    Goldy
    JD Martinez
    Sale
    Arenado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JD

      • GusPike says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  45. Gotime says:
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    Grey, for your auction rankings how far up would you go for a top 5 guy (12 teamer) over your set amounts. If Treat is $39 for example

  46. slimbo says:
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    hey bud im looking to get bellinger in my dynasty, is giving up bogaerts and starling marte to much?

    thnaks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not too much

  47. Shove it up Yoenis says:
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    Longtime reader, first time commenter. I play in a 10 team H2H keeper league with keeper round inflation (e.g. a player selected in the 10th round would be kept the next year in the 7th, 4th next year, and so on). Anyone added in FA is given a 26th round value. Can keep 5 max.

    Keeping Bellinger (26), Hoskins (26), Bregman (19)

    Last two are between S. Marte (26, dropped after suspension), L. Castillo (26), Darvish (10), Sano (12), Albies (26). Would really appreciate your input!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sano, Yu

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oops, I thought those were $ values, realizing now that’s rounds… I’d keep Marte, Yu

  48. slimbo says:
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    thanks for everything man!

    need to pick the finall 3 keepers for my team, who do you like

    bogaerts, myers, devers, c mart, ray, kimbrel, reyes

  49. Dan says:
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    I just traded andrus for domingo santana. Is he worth keeping over tommy pham as my 6th keeper in my keeper league where we keep 6 ?

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