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“Whoa, how about that Blake Snell deal? What about that Cody Bellinger deal? Can you believe that Matt Chapman deal? This is crazy! Deals be dealin’!” That’s what I would be saying if there were any deals being dealin’. Sadly, the entire sport is being held captive by Scott Boras and “(fill-in team name) is currently not looking at signing any free agents.” The Yankees are one big arm away from having a great team, and instead are like, “Hey, when Rodon can only throw 45 innings, it’s no biggie. We have Luke Weaver.” So, instead of a big signing, we have injury news. Kyle Bradish has a tear in his UCL, and is getting a PRP shot, while planning to pitch through it. Baseball reminds me of the adage: We plan, God laughs. The Orioles lost their number two starter. In day two of Spring Training. I liked Bradish, but now he falls completely off my radar. Compounding this into something that simultaneously sucks and blows, he’s diddling around with PRP shots and pitching through a UCL tear, when he should be going for Tommy John and hoping to be back by the All-Star Break of 2025. Now, he delays the inevitable. He’s now in a tier in the top 80 starters where I wouldn’t draft him. He was adjusted in the top 500, and removed from the pitchers pairing tool. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this offseason in fantasy baseball:

John Means – At least a month behind due to elbow soreness. Welp, we know what that means, Means, nah’Means? He was lowered in the top 100 starters, and Tyler Wells was added in.

Jorge Soler – Signed with the Giants. Soler has made his career in a lot of parks that would be considered pitchers’ parks, and has excelled, so I’m not worried about his power in San Fran. He’s a 32-homer hitter anywhere, even on the dark side of the moon. Guess you could say Soler hits ’em where the sun don’t shine. You walked right into that one! Like, I basically said you have something on your shirt, you looked down and I poked you in the eye. Just kindergarten-type setups here and you fell for it. Do better. Updated top 40 outfielders.

Jesse Winker – Signed with the Nats. I say in no uncertain terms, that if Winker’s signing means Stone Garrett will only face lefties, then they should take the entire franchise behind the woodshed and put it out of their misery. As I keep saying, the Braves and Rangers platoon no one and did well last year. Stop trying to platoon everyone!

Victor Robles – Nats said he’s in a competition for starting center field with Jacob Young. A battle of Young vs. old. Nubile vs. Robles. Victor vs. Jacob! Meh, I’d be shocked if Young gets the job, but worth monitoring in NL-Only for Young’s 60-steal speed.

Brandon Marsh – Had arthroscopic knee surgery, and will miss about a month of action from the surgery (on February 9th). So, he should be fine for the start of the season, assuming the doctors don’t accidentally sew his knee up and get his beard stuck in there.

Jurickson Profar – Signed with the Padres. Solid signing for the Padres. They need someone who can play three positions and Profar fits the bill. Only catch is he has to play them at the same time. Thankfully, they need a CF, LF and 3B, and those positions are all grouped together on the field.

Justin Verlander – Him and J.P. France are behind schedule. France I expect, he’s on J.P. time, but Verlander? Shame on you. Will be monitoring Verlander, but a good way to lose your leagues is to overreact based on every little bit of news in February. A UCL tear or elbow soreness? That’s a legit reason to lower guys. A Danny Glover “I’m too old for this sh*t” player just not ready in February? That’s not a reason.

Yasmani Grandal – Signed by the Pirates. Just had a terrible thought: Grandal becomes the Pirates’ #1 catcher, and we’re screaming, “Noooooooo nooooooo Delay!!!” as Jason Delay becomes the backup catcher and Henry Davis moves back to the outfield.

Nick Gordon – Traded to the Marlins. He has big shoes to fill with his brother, Dee, being a fan favorite in Miami. Slightly smaller pants and shirt to fill.

Garrett Crochet – Could open the season in the rotation. Could I suggest Kopech goes the opposite way?

Spencer Turnbull – Signed with the Phils on Super Bowl Sunday. Way to overshadow the whole game! I have a theory that might be nuts, even by my standards, but I see Patrick Mahomes and his dad, Pat Mahomes, and think about how much easier it is to play football vs. baseball. Mahomes’s dad, a journeyman pitcher, would’ve been better than Joe Montana.

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Dunder Mifflin
Dunder Mifflin
1 month ago

Great shit as always Grey

Tough call on a final keeper. Keep 7 forever. QS and OPS are extra cats. 12 team mixed H2H

I’m keeping
Carrol
Tatis Jr
Ohtani
Gunnar
Elly
Harper
Gausman

Would you keep any of the below over the above?
Belli
Skubal
J Walker
Steer

I’m having a hard time committing to Elly even though he has the potential to be a stud for a long time.

Thank you in advance.

Dunder Mifflin
Dunder Mifflin
Reply to  Grey
1 month ago

The only one I would add for him would be Walker, who has about as much upside. Minus the speed. Have you read into Ellys plate discipline and how it somewhat improved over the season but his swing and miss rate in the zone was not so great.

Thanks FML

XXX
XXX
1 month ago

Who should I keep? Keep 5 in the round they were drafted?
6×6 Roto OPS/QS

Max Fried SP | ATL 4
George Springer OF | TOR 4
Teoscar Hernandez OF | LAD 5
Alexis Diaz RP | CIN 8
Bobby Miller SP | LAD 8
Christian Encarnacion-Strand 1B | CIN 8
Isaac Paredes 1B,3B | TB 8
Bryce Miller SP | SEA 8
Christopher Morel OF | CHC 8
Joe Ryan SP | MIN 10
Chris Bassitt SP | TOR 12
Jonathan India 2B | CIN 15
Merrill Kelly SP | ARI 21
Carlos Estevez RP | LAA 21
Hunter Greene SP | CIN 22

XXX
XXX
1 month ago

Who would you keep?

5 players in the round they were drafted in….6×6 Roto (OPS/QS) 12 Teams

Max Fried SP | ATL 4
George Springer OF | TOR 4
Teoscar Hernandez OF | LAD 5
Alexis Diaz RP | CIN 8
Bobby Miller SP | LAD 8
Christian Encarnacion-Strand 1B | CIN 8
Isaac Paredes 1B,3B | TB 8
Christopher Morel OF | CHC 8
Joe Ryan SP | MIN 10
Chris Bassitt SP | TOR 12
Jonathan India 2B | CIN 15
Merrill Kelly SP | ARI 21
Carlos Estevez RP | LAA 21
Hunter Greene SP | CIN 22

Cafuné
Cafuné
1 month ago

just getting caught up on your 2024 rankings and saw your comments on The Roots in the 1B rankings. black thought absolutely kills it on this track, one of my favs, dude is insanely talented:

https://youtu.be/aCbf7XpbFt0?si=LjXPMuBo0O2OD5jX

let me know if there is a razzball commenter hiphop league cuz im in

pugs slugs
pugs slugs
1 month ago

Good Morning Grey,

Rotoworld just posted that Sal Frelick spent time in the offseason with Pedroia preparing to play 2B and 3B. If Frelick does gain eligibility, does this move him up much in your rankings? I already think you have him ranked too low (63rd OF), but maybe this at least puts him around Stott/Estrada for 2B and Marte/Hayes for 3B, especially in an OBP league. Maybe he could creep closer to the top 100 in mixed league.

I plan to keep him for $2 in my 10-TM, H2H $280, and I prefer not overpaying for both those positions.

pugs slugs
pugs slugs
Reply to  Grey
1 month ago

I read that sleeper post back in December and am high on him as well. I just thought he might adjust a little if he were indeed going to get eligibility at one of those spots given the numbers you’ve projected for him, which put him near the guys I wrote above.

Suicide Squeeze
Suicide Squeeze
1 month ago

Another Bradish question. $1 OY 25. For a dollar I’d sit on him, but if TJ happens anyway, as expected, I would have him in $25 for $1, or 25 and 26 for $6, or take a gamble and go $11 through 27. I’m thinking he is worth the $1 for this year. But dang, he was supposed to be my ticket to a title as a $1 stud to build around.

Suicide Squeeze
Suicide Squeeze
Reply to  Grey
1 month ago

Appreciate it!

Acuña Machado Means No Worries
Acuña Machado Means No Worries
1 month ago

Hey Grey! So last year you helped me come in 2nd in my 10 team keeper league (year 24! my first pick back then was nomar!) and also 4th in a 14 team redraft (I’ve never known so many backup catchers!) And even better, my work has somehow stopped blocking your site so I can access you on a computer!

So for my 6 player keeper league (5×5 roto with OBP instead of avg), I have Acuna, Tucker, Harper, Alonso, and then two of Machado, Hoerner, Gleyber, Jung, Swanson, Mullins, Framber, Clase, Joe Ryan, Kershaw.

1- Being offered Turner for Harper straight up. Yes?
2- Last two Keeper thoughts? I don’t love going no pitcher, but should I?
3- If I don’t keep Machado do I have to change my screen name here?

Acuña Machado Means No Worries
Acuña Machado Means No Worries
Reply to  Grey
1 month ago

Thanks! If I wasn’t clear- I have Harper, being offered turner. Take it?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 month ago

Baseball news is soooo slow how slow is it I say it is soooo slow…

We’re not even getting BSOHL news. We got, Nolan Arenado “has shed a few pounds.”. That’s on the wire. Just thrilling.

Paul Goldschmidt trying new brand of socks. Jordan Walker reschedules dental appointment. Tommy Edman misplaces library card. Sonny Gray seeking second opinion on hair cut. Ryan Helsley test drives Kia Niro. Ollie Marmol fails Rorshach Test…

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 month ago

His hair is going to be limited to flat ground sock throws.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 month ago

I bet Edman has a library card

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
1 month ago

Was so pumped about Bradish…although better now then after keeper lock deadline!

To replace Bradish, would you rather have a $14 Senga or $4 S Gray as your SP2 ($7 Strider is SP1)? Roto. $260 budget and top 30 SPs go for $25 – $40 usually.

Thanks!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
1 month ago

But what if Sonny Gray’s new haircut is fire?!!

FMFU
FMFU
1 month ago

Swanson and Romano too much for Gunnar ?

Closers are currently Romano, Harvey, Matsui/Suarez

League is 12 team 5×5

Chin Music
Chin Music
1 month ago

Yo Grey! Excited for another season and Grey insight! Taking over a dynasty team that was left in a rough spot from the original owners first yr. Have made changes/trades for the better already. Now I want a new team name. Ur vote if u could?
A) Bat Flip Phenoms
B) Bat Flip or Flippers
C) Golden Sombreros
D) Texas Leaguers
E) Light Tower Power

F) None of the above
G) there is no g (got that line from you lol)

Chin Music
Chin Music
Reply to  Grey
1 month ago

Oh cool, didnt know about the name generator, thx! And thx fkr the Flippers vote, Greys vote holds major weight in my world :’)

matt
matt
1 month ago

Grey, would you keep Bradish in a keep 9 league that emphasizes starters?

matt
matt
Reply to  Grey
1 month ago

12 teamer, 6×6 OPS and QS

other keepers

OF Yordan
OF Adolis
OF Jazz
3B Devers
2B/SS McLain
SP L Castillo
SP Steele

other options for last two keepers:

SP Bradish
2B/SS Hoerner
OF Yelich
C Wi. Contreras
OF Mullins
OF Ozuna
1B N Lowe
3B K Hayes
SP H Greene
SP JoMo

people tend to hoard SPs

hope you see this. thank you Grey!

frankgrimes
1 month ago

Once again I’ve been bestowed the great honor of facilitating the infamous RCL known as the FCL. An eclectic mix of Razz OGs, frequent commenters (hence the name) and newbies we gladly stomp into regret and a last place finish. Hit me up for an invite! 

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  frankgrimes
1 month ago

While I have retired from RCL, I can highly recommend FCL as a great league for anybody interested. Grimey!

mauledbypandas
mauledbypandas
Reply to  frankgrimes
1 month ago

our chat notifications will block out the sun!

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  mauledbypandas
1 month ago

i will miss that

Earl
Earl
Reply to  frankgrimes
1 month ago

Hey Mr. grimey. I have been in that last
Few years and wondering if will get invite. Cannot see email until Tuesday as away on vacation. Thanks Earl

frankgrimes
1 month ago

No doubt Next time I see you this is us…

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VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
1 month ago

OTS was so embarrassed that he finished behind me in the standings that he retired from RCLs.

frankgrimes
Reply to  VinWins
1 month ago

HA

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  VinWins
1 month ago

you drove me into retirement Vin!!’

wrecked656
wrecked656
1 month ago

Grey,
What Sp from here tickles you a***
With bradish down – I wont keep him so I need some advise

Joe Ryan
Javier
Michael King

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 month ago

You missed the huge baseball news that’s the lede on the networks. A guy who is not a player will probably be retiring in 5 years.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 month ago

Commissioner Manrob, are you wearing Groucho glasses?

No, not at all. Why do you ask?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 month ago

Commissioner Manrob, do you have any comment on Robo Angel Herbandes’ blown call last night?

SpecialFNK
SpecialFNK
1 month ago

I don’t see it, does razzball still have the forum?

frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
1 month ago

Where did all the pedophiles go? Asking for a friend…

frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
1 month ago

Ooooohh snap lol… too soon!

kcc26
kcc26
1 month ago

Hey Grey!

12 team H2H league, 6×6 (regular 5×5 plus OPS and k:bb ratio). we “protect” 8 players from which we can trade pre- keeper deadline, and then ultimately keep 6.

players can be kept in the following rounds for this year. in subsequent years, they can be kept at the avg of previous year round and current adp round

tucker 2
seager-3
wheeler 4
harper 5
altuve 5
s. suzuki-10
y. diaz -17
chourio-19
baz-20
encarnacion-strand 18
M. king-20
caminero-23

which 8 are you protecting?

thanks!

kcc26
kcc26
Reply to  Grey
1 month ago

yeah, that’s basically what I had. Part of me was tempted to hold Caminero on the chance that he forced the rays hand in spring and became more interesting (since i can only keep 6 at the end of the day anyway)

LaRockakis
LaRockakis
1 month ago

I play in a points, 5 hitter/3 pitcher keeper league. I have Juan Soto, but have to trade him due to my strict “No Yankees” policy. What kind of return should I ask for him? Any suggestions on a couple guys I could package together? A few names will help me get a baseline of what I should be asking for, assuming nobody would do a 1:1 trade.

Feels a-mazing to be back. Lfg, my friend.

LaRockakis
LaRockakis
Reply to  Grey
1 month ago

If I can get Jackson Holliday, what else should I pair with him to = Soto?

LaRockakis
LaRockakis
Reply to  Grey
1 month ago

I know. I just refuse to own Yankees out of principle. My dad teaching me to hate the Yankees is one of my first memories in life.

Greg
Greg
1 month ago

Hi Grey,
Which 3 keepers would you pick for an OBP league? Tucker (1st round), Olson (3rd round), Casas (18th round) Buehler (26th round)

Peter guigli
1 month ago

Is Kyle Bradish worth keeping for $1 in a $260 budget league. Only 8 bench spots NO IL and only 8 waiver moves. That in advance