First off, his name is Jonathan Schoop as in ‘scope,’ not as in, ‘Baby, take a ride in my coupe, you make me wanna Shoop.’  Salt and Pepa are, indeed here, and they are, indeed, in effect, but only metaphorically. I want to make sure that is clear, in case you are chatting with your friends about Schoop.  There is nothing worse than invoking Salt and/or Pepa amongst friends only to find out hours, days or even weeks later that you were misspeaking.  Also, you may be tempted to draft Bartolo Colon with Schoop just so you can name your fantasy team, The Colonschoopy.  You’re thinking of a Colin-Oz-Co-Pee, and, instead, you’ve just named your team Cologne-Scopey.  So, unless you’re a guido who gurgles with Drakkar, Cologne-Scopey doesn’t make any sense.  Please be careful.  Speaking of guidos, remember The Jersey Shore people?  I sure hope they bought everything outright and don’t have huge car payments or mortgages.  Pauly D is the only one with a job, as he’s spinning records.  Luckily, he won’t have to change his resume dramatically when he becomes a sign spinner.  Anyway, what can we expect from Jonathan Schoop for 2015 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

With sleepers, I look for guaranteed playing time, solid lineup placement and upside.  Well, as Meatloaf would say, two out of three ain’t bad.  I have no idea where Schoop is going to bat.  He’ll likely begin the year in the nine hole in the lineup.  Of course, the great thing about lineup position is it’s a fluid thing, and if a sleeper breaks out as I hope, they’ll move up in the order.  So, right now, Schoop is looking at roughly 60 to 70 runs and RBIs, which isn’t good, but that could change. His playing time should be fine.  Who else are the Orioles going to play, Jimmy Paredes?  I love a Paredes as much as Ethel Merman, but he’s not stealing significant playing time from Schoop.  Or maybe you think Ryan Flaherty will steal time.  To that, I say bleh like when Flaherty dressed up as Count Floyd for Halloween. That leaves us with the third integer in the sleeper equation:  upside.  Last year, Schoop hit 16 homers with ten of those coming in the 2nd half of the year.  Ten homers in 183 at-bats, for those of you that like a bit more specificity. Little known fact:  1200 pounds is the capital of both Specificity and Capacity.  A 2nd baseman that can hit 4 homers per month or 24 homers on the year is a thing of beauty during this period of offensive recession.  Of course, I don’t think 24 homers from Schoop is completely plausible.  He had a 13.1% HR/FB last year, and that is doable.  He also had a 36.9% fly ball rate, which also seems repeatable.  If those percentages stay flat, he gets to 19 homers with a full year of games (last year he only played in 137 games).  The big question mark for him is his batting average.  Last year, he hit .209 and only .191 in the 2nd half (when the power came on).  A .209 average from a 19-homer 2nd baseman is yawnstipating at best, and unrosterable at worst.  He needs to hit .30 points higher, at least.  I’ll remove the obvious that if he hit 15 more hits last year, he would’ve hit .30 points higher.  I also won’t say (while saying) that is about one extra hit per week.  I also won’t say while saying that average is fickle.  What I will say while saying is Schoop has hit for a terrible average in the minors before (.177 in Rookie Ball) and come back to turn that around as he grew comfortable (.256 in Triple-A).  Schoop will never hit for a .300 average, but I don’t see why he can’t hit for .240-.250.  So, for 2015, I’ll give him the projections of 61/19/64/.242/4 with a chance for more.  Mm-mm, for the smell of it, just for the yell of it, you make me wanna Schoop.  Dah!

 
  1. J-FOH says:
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    I was hoping to draft Middlebrooks and Schoop so I can name my team the poop schoop.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: Wow, you were up early… If you’re hoping to draft MIddlebrooks, I don’t think anyone’s going to stand in your way…Unless you’re in a league with other Middlebrookses (–Brookii?)

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: well I got home late. I was hanging with some VIP last night.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Snotty, “Oh, this is for VIP.” Whatever, “Okay.”

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: next time I go out there I’m wearing sweats, slippers, and a mis matched shirt with a gas station beanie. I’ll get in everywhere

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha…Are you saying something about my outfit? I’m playing nurse over here!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: you’re eccentric…and very comfortably dressed. It also didn’t hurt that I’m twice the size of you and wearing a black shirt

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  We make a good “Is he famous? He must be” team…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: hahaha

                    btw, there were a bunch of people from the show at Pinks

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Posdonus?!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: If he was there I would of been texting you pics

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      True

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Just checking in. Is it okay if I don’t make any comments today? Have nothing cool or funny to say. Would really appreciate a yes, or no answer. My pea-sized brain cannot accept much more.

    Btw, really REALLY enjoyed the string of comments between Sky and you yesterday. It was priceless and I haven’t laughed that hard for that long for a very long time.

    Cheers,
    Ante

  3. gareth says:
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    I’m looking for players with the last name:

    Perry
    Colida
    Giro
    Micro

    Speaking of the Orioles, they seemed to have soured on resigning Markakis. Maybe they finally realized the difference between perception and reality in this case. He’s wanting a four year contract with an annual cost of 12 million. Good luck with that.

    Non tender deadline today too. May seem some nice sneaky under the radar moves for players that subtly help a ballclub in 2015, like Ryan Webb and Justin Turner last year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: The O’s seem like they’re watching their entire team walk this offseason…

  4. gareth says:
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    Endo

    Would be another last name of interest when naming a fantasy Schoop related team.

    Juan Francisco is in DFA limbo right now. Sure his average and platoon splits are terrible. But that power should be able to help a few ballclubs. Brewers a possible fit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: Did the Red Sox already dump him again?

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey: Yeah. They needed room on the 40 man roster after the aquision of Hanley and panda.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Makes sense

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @gareth: hopefully not with the brewers, it’d be nice for me if hunter morris finally got his own donkey chance at 1st over there.

  5. weas says:
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    Uh oh is this Grey’s MI sleeper of the year? I’m not falling for the old banana in the tailpipe from you, Gyorko and Rutledge again!

    (Actually, I probably will.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gyorko was injured and Rutledge got screwed by his manager, never forget! (Though you can forget Brad Miller)

      • weas says:
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        @Grey: /me trustfalls into Grey’s arms

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          /eating an ice cream cone… Oops!

  6. royce! says:
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    I was very disappointed when I discovered it was pronounced “scope.” If Volquez can change his name from Jose to Edison to Edinson, I don’t see why Schoop can’t just change the pronunciation of his name. Maybe we should start a petition or get something on the ballot, so that at least in CA we could pronounce it “shoop.” I mean, won’t somebody please think of the children? (The ones that would then pronounce school “shool.”)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Then the Jews going to shul would get so confused, heading to shool on Saturday, and it would be closed. Sounds like a massive change in the order of things is necessary here.

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Necessary is the key word, as it is absolutely so. I’m sure everyone will be understanding and accommodating when they consider the stakes here.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          People need to accommodate, definitely

  7. scott steelers says:
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    Never too early to start thinking keepers! Keep 5
    Jose Abreu 4th
    Mccutch 5th
    Scherzer 9th
    puig 10th
    betts 11th
    soler 11th
    Arrieta 11th
    I also have a trade of the table. I could keep 5 of these characters then trade scherzer and my 5th rd pick and 21st rd pick for someone’s 1st and 3rd rd pick….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu, McCutchen, Scherzer, Puig, Soler…Forget the trade…

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @scott steelers: Same as Grey but gotta take Arrieta over Soler there. Proven over unproven.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Swfcdan: proven to be good for about 4 months, after 5 years of shitty (i agree the good is likely for real), but dude is 28.

  8. Alex says:
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    Since you were so god damn right about Brantley. Do you see him repeating or falling off?

    Him or Puig? 5×5 roto

    Thanks man.

    Love the Biggest bust Upton haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! I’d go Puig over Brantley… Larger upside… They’ll be close…

      • Alex says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  9. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Sup Girl

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sup you!

  10. nick the dick says:
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    De La Soooo…??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What they performed was great… They only played for an hour and did maybe 10 songs total… They did a whole lot of “When I say hey, you say hey… Hey…HEY!”

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Ahhh that’s kinda rough. Alot of that at the concert I went to also but it’s cool when you have 8 different acts do it once or twice and still do 5 or so songs each, not so much when the same group keeps doing it. 10 songs is a little light. Hope you had fun anyways!

        • Grey

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          Yeah, it was still fun, but I’ve been listening to De La’s greatest hits today and keep thinking, “Oh, man, what about this joint?!” They did seem like they still have a lot of fun, and don’t take them so serious, which is nice… At the end, they said something like, “Rap groups are going extinct.” I never thought of it before, but they really are…

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: Yup very true. Everyone is a solo artist now…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I know! I seriously couldn’t think of any new groups…

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: Demigodz! Ha

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  La Coka Nostra! (Who JFOH turned me onto)

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: Yup I know OF them, not alot about them..

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I only know one song…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: thats been the case since the mid 90’s. I blame Puff Daddy for all that.

            • nick the dick says:
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              @J-FOH: Eh I mean you still had Wu Tang in its prime, Mobb Deep, MOP, UGK, Bone Thugs, The Fugees, Jedi Mind Tricks, Naughty doing stuff, even Puff was the one who signed the LOX. I think its more of a nowadays thing.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @nick the dick: It started to die in the mid 90’s. By 2000 it was almost dead.

                • nick the dick says:
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                  @J-FOH: Yeah I guess but there was way more than there is now. Most of the groups I named were 3 or more except Mobb Deep which is by all means a group. And its not like all the existing groups stopped making music by 95, even Stakes Is High was like 96-97

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yeah, it’s not like De La is even producing much new music… They did seem like they still enjoyed each other though, which is saying something…

                    • nick the dick says:
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                      @Grey: Yup thats awesome. Any new music at all is a bonus

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, agreed

                  • J-FOH

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                    @nick the dick: honestly never paid attention to him. I have to be a wiseguy, my name isn’t full of nurturing

              • J-FOH says:
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                @nick the dick: oh and I consider a group to consist of at least three members

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I blame Darren Wilson! (Too soon?)

              • J-FOH

                J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I think its the other way out, he might be responsible for bringing people back together

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I’m sure lots of people were thanking him on Thanksgiving for bringing them together…

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: Haha

                  • J-FOH

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                    @Grey: its a matter of perspective

  11. Wake Up says:
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    You guys went to De La? I’m jealous!

    Wait, you guys are complaining about going to De La??? Pound Sign. Firstworldproblems.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wake Up: It was cool, they were good, but it was like getting a really nice beer and only being able to drink half of it. It was good, but left you a little empty

      • Wake Up says:
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        @J-FOH: I hear ya. I was a hater yesterday…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Total first world problems… They didn’t play enough songs!

  12. gareth says:
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    So the cats only been passed away a few days and the other half has found a cat on an APL website that is the same color and has the same name. She wants to go see it.

    This is both wrong and kinda creepy, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aw, it’s sweet… You gotta get another one!

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @gareth: Sure go get another one, doesn’t need to be the same name or color though! A different colour entirely might mean you don’t keep thinking of your old one. I recommend getting a kitten, seriously they’re just so much damn fun!

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @gareth: In fact two kittens are best. As you can watch them play with each other once they’ve tired you out!

  13. gareth says:
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    Medlen, beachy, beckham and Everth Cabrera all non tendered.

    Let the feeding frenzy begin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  14. John says:
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    Hello Grey, how’s it going? I would like to ask if you like Lester or Arrieta more?

    Thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lester

  15. Chris says:
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    OK Grey, trade question. Otto SABR points. If I can get Desmond (21) and Lucroy (14) for Bautista (38) and Ramos (11) I gotta pull the trigger, right? Bautista is a monster in this format, but that’s a lot of value coming back at positions I could use help in. Desmond’s steals don’t mean much in this format, so he’s not a lock as a top 3 SS, but still…

    • Chris says:
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      @Chris: Other guys I could shoot for some combination of in place of Lucroy are Dickerson (16), Calhoun (12) Duda (4), Keuchel (5), Arrieta (3) and Shoemaker (3)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Maybe Duda or Dickerson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like it doesn’t make sense if Desmond isn’t a top 3 SS…

  16. Swfcdan says:
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    Might have a chance of getting Baez or Correa (both still on prospect rosters) in a keeper league. I wouldn’t have to promote either until im ready to do so and they are producing.

    Are you still high on both? I figure struggles are common for a rook so you have to kinda expect that early on, the majority do after all. If the owner’s soured on Baez feel it might be a good buying opportunity. Everyone was saying he’s the next best thing since porn once he arrived after all.

    Or would you be scared of Baez plate discipline long term, in that case Correa the better target?

    • Grey

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      I’d take either, but don’t know who you’re trading for them

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: Probably trading excess keeper pieces (can only keep 8) so thats not the issue, just wanna know how much you like them going forward. Has Baez’s audition put you off him?

        Gun to head, Correa or Baez?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Baez

  17. Swfcdan says:
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    I could honestly see Donaldson challenging for 40HRs next year, he hits a ton of flyballs and now plays in one of the best launching pads around and already was a big home run threat. Throw in the much improved lineup protection and I think this guy is in for a monster year (in nowadays offensive era anyway).

    You gonna be targeting him come drafts? I sure will be, 3B is becoming a graveyard and Donaldson could separate himself as the best come the end of the year (Miggy now only 1B eligable).

    • Grey

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      Yup

  18. Hodgepadre says:
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    Hey Grey, great writeup, as always. I like Schoop as a potential sleeper for 2015, too, especially in keeper leagues. In a deep keeper league, which of these would you be willing to offer in trade for Schoop? (To put the question another way: any that you wouldn’t trade for him?)

    Chase Anderson
    Rubby De La Rosa
    Gavin Floyd
    Matt Garza
    Jason Hammel
    Mike Moustakas
    Nick Tropeano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d trade any of them for Schoop…

      • Hodgepadre says:
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        @Grey: That’s what I figured. Couldn’t pry him away from my league mate, unfortunately. Another question: what do you think about Drew Hutchison as a sleeper candidate for 2015? Seems like he should have the striekout ability to be a potential bargain. Your thoughts?

        • Hodgepadre says:
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          @Hodgepadre: * strikeout

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I like Hutchison

  19. scotty the captain says:
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    yo grey- what do u know about the dragon box/ media streaming cable box??? if u havent heard of it (but i figure u have) its like that old school pirate chip to get all the pay per views and spice and whatnot. the dragon box is like that but on a bunch of coke. it is legal from what i know. seems to good to be true. i figured u would be the one to ask figuring u or another of the razz crew had some info. if u dont know what i am talking about sorry to waste ur time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m a technologically declined… Sorry, man, no idea… Sounds awesome though so when you find out more, let me know!

  20. John says:
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    Hey Grey, is Michael Saunders enough in return for Kendrys in weekly dynasty or shoot higher?

  21. goodfold2 says:
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    ok, 30 man dynasty with huge rosters and room for 25 minor leaguers. i currently do to extended contracts/tags/rookie deals have these starters and minor guys. holds/OPS 6X6. 1 C/2 CI/ 2 MI/ 3 OF/1 util. 3 SP/ 3 RP/ 3 P.
    C: D’Arnaud (.4 till end of 2016)
    CI: Beltre (franchised for 18 million this year)
    MI: Alcides (3 Mil for this year only)
    MI: Segura (6.4 till end of 2016)
    OF: A-Jax (6.4 till end of 2016)
    OF: Leonys (3.1 till end of 2016)
    OF: Legares (franchised at whatever cheap real life price he gets)
    SP: Liriano (11.5 till end of 2016)
    Quintana (6.4 till end of 2016)
    Sale (6.425 till end of 2016)
    Ervin (restricted deal, so whatever he’s bid up to i can match, which probably will be less than his real life deal)
    RP: Melancon (6.421 till end of 2016)
    Fien (.4 till end of 2016)
    these prospects
    CI: H.Morris/Kubitza/L.Jimenez
    MI: Drury/Gumbs (NYY)/Lee (TB)/Rosario/C.Phelps/Salcedo
    OF: Altherr/V.Reyes (ATL)/Wates (MIA)
    SP: Heredia/Urena/Ynoa/Hale
    RP: Tonkin/R.Alvarez/M.Cabrera (ATL)

    Guy is offering me his Watson (PIT), who would replace Legares as my last tag (i’d pay whatever arbitrater gives him, on franchise tag), and 1 of these three: L.Encarnacion/T.Danish (WSOX)/5th round pick (worth very little) for my R.J.Alvarez. Legares would go back into biddable free agent pile. I’m thinking RP are so fickle that to assume Watson would be as good as last year is silly. In this very league i was able to extremely cheaply get h.rondon and machi preseason in bids. Legares isn’t worth much, but he is a starter, and these aren’t usually cheap.

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