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Hey, welcome back, Buy/Sell Column! “It’s good to be back. I haven’t been this anxious for something to happen since I was screaming for sixteen straight weeks for people to pick up Ty Wigginton.”  Yeah, wasn’t Ty Wigginton already retired, and you were still screaming about it. “I’ve made a lot of other good calls in the past.” Right, right. Like…*The Buy/Sell Column and I think for a good ten minutes about a good call it made* Maybe we should scroll through some of your old posts. “Yeah, good idea.” Hey, in the 1st Buy/Sell last year you told people to pick up Pete Alonso! “I am the best of all-time!” Yeah, then you followed that with a Clint Frazier Buy. “We don’t have to keep recalling past calls.” Fair, fair. So, who’s the number one guy I’m trying to get this week? Kyle Lewis makes me so horny! Last year in 18 games, he hit 6 homers and .268 with the M’s, and has always shown big-time power. I know, I know, I KNOW! His Double-A power numbers (11 HRs in 122 games) are confusing, but that park is one of the worst hitters’ parks in the minors, and his raw power grades out as some of the best you’ll find. I already gave you a Kyle Lewis sleeper during the shutdown, but I’m going to keep pushing the Kyle Lewis narrative until everyone gets him. He has what it takes to be a top 50 overall player in a 60-game season. As good as Pete Alonso? *the Buy/Sell Column and I look at each other* Simultaneously, “Let’s not be crazy.” All I know is Kyle Lewis is more than just what you hear when Forrest Gump says Carl Lewis. Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Francisco Mejia – If you need a refresher, open your mouth, I’m about to spray some knowledge into your mouth. “Buys” need to be under 50% rostered at ESPN. Why ESPN? Because old habits yadda, and I don’t feel like searching ownership numbers at other sites. Sells are rostered in over 50% of leagues, and should traded away or dropped if it’s past your trade deadline. Don’t say, “Hey, Grey, you’re handsome and some shizz, but should I drop Gary Sanchez for Mejia?” That’s not how this works. These are waiver wire pickups. As for Mejia, writing’s on the wall that the Padres are moving on from Hedges and going Mejia, saying this week, “Hedges sucks, why are we starting him?” I’m paraphrasing.

Joey Bart – Already gave you my Joey Bart sleeper from during the shutdown. If he doesn’t start the year with the Giants, it’s a service time thing, and could be all-systems-a-go ten days into the season.

Evan White – One word of wise about these M’s hitters who are absolutely dominating Summer Camp:

Renato Nunez – Like anyone who has worn contact lenses, I’m a big fan of Re-Nu. (Hehe, worst joke ever!)

Nick Madrigal – Can’t believe he’s rostered in less than 50% of leagues. Even if the White Sox do something dumb and hold Madrigal down for a week to delay his service time (which, honestly, might not be that dumb), Madrigal will be up quick-fast. Also, here’s my Nick Madrigal sleeper from during shutdown.

Hanser Alberto – Apparently, I am horny for O’s hitters. See what I said about Evan White, and multiple that by five for how shizzy with shizzmarks the O’s pitching they’re facing in the Summer Camp. Hanser batting leadoff, though, could move up his fantasy value, and he’s a much cheaper Arraez. Call him Arraez con Cheapo. (My mastery of the Spanish language is truly incredible.)

Jon Berti – This might be wishful thinking, because I want Berti to have a job so bad, due to his SAGNOF-potential, but he might be on outside looking in. Guess when they lost Starling, Berti had no chance, or am I just loosely remembering Mad Men?

Travis Shaw – Hehe. I don’t need to say more, right?

Carter Kieboom – He’s in the lineup, unlike some rookies where you’re taking arthritis medicine, due to crossing your fingers so hard. If I were the Nats, I’d strongly considering moving Kieboom to the top of the order too; Treat Urner to the two-hole, and let Eaton starve, ironically.

Hunter Renfroe – I know we’ve been burned by Cash before (down with capitalism!) with his constant platoons, but who are the Rays starting in place of Renfroe? Manuel Margot? Not that San Diego shizz again! Margot replaces Kiermaier, if anyone. Renfroe is the kind of guy who could lead the majors in homers in 60 games.

David Peralta – Want goofy cherrypicking? Great! In Peralta’s last full season (2018), he hit 10 homers in August and .361. He’s an MVP candidate this year if he does that.

Austin Hays – Has power and speed, and should see everyday at-bats, since the Orioles’ chances have already flew the coup. Orioles fly right? They’re not like ostriches, are they? How is an ostrich even a bird? If an ostrich is a bird, I’m a bird. Yo, I’m a bird!

Raimel Tapia – According to Rockies’ beat writers, who usually are never right (optimistic!), Hilliard was passed by Tapia on the depth charts, and he’s the new smoke show with swing improvements dating back to March. Wait, it’s not still March? Hmm, I should change my underwear.

Edward Olivares – Just went over him this morning. Use your scrolly finger, and have at it.

Teoscar Hernandez – …and the Teoscar for Supporting Player Who I Want On My Fantasy Team goes to…Teoscar!  Announcer voice, “This is Teoscar’s first Teoscar after being nominated previously for Fast & Furious 12: Get A Vroom.” Also, here’s my Teoscar Hernandez sleeper from during the shutdown.

Nate Pearson – He’s a…*pinkie to mouth* Pearson of interest! Also, here’s my Nate Pearson sleeper from during the shutdown.

Rich Hill – Since Streamonator isn’t quite ready with all the guys going on Re-Opening Day next week (though, it will soon), I’m throwing Hill out here as a guy who could be great for 40 IP this year, and, since most pitchers will only throw 60 IP at most, well, 40 innings is like Nolan Ryan throwing 300+.

Zack Britton – With Aroldis out, Britton should take over his spot. Damn, those colonists!

Kyle Crick – With Keone Kela hitting the IL with undisclosed reasons (that’s been going around), Crick stands to act as the Pirates’ closer for at least the re-opening. Crick is also one of the few players who will have a cheering section in the fan-less stadiums.

Ryan HelsleyJordan Hicks opted out, Gallegos opted in but should’ve opted out, and–bah gawd, that’s Helsley’s music!

SELL

Jesus Luzardo – This isn’t even about Covid or him starting the season possibly late. Hopefully, he starts the year on time to up his price. I just think he’s overrated right now in people’s minds. Luzardo will not be pushed hard to throw fifty-billion innings in 60 games.

Joey Gallo – Admittedly, I’m lower in my rankings on Gallo than most, so this might be confirmation bias, but this year is cuckoo-bizzonkers. Dudes and five non-dudes, I’m talking about social distancing and it’s not because I’m just anti-social! We’re having black swan events every week like playing Wheel of Fortune with the devil. More like Pat Sajackal! So, Gallo wasn’t good last year because of an injury and says he’s fine. He could be the type to hit 30 homers in 60 games, and this Sell might bite me in the ass (which doesn’t sound like a bad thing — rawr!). I just don’t want any part of a guy who could hit .180 in two months and might be crazy rusty. Not saying to sell Joey Gallo for a sat-on Domino’s cheeseburger pizza, but I’d go to the fantasy baseball trade analyzer and explore options.

 
  1. Primetime says:
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    It’s happening. The first Buy of the season..

    Awesome news Grey.

    Looking forward to the morning and Friday columns.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Me too!

  2. TC says:
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    Would you trade L. Gurriel to get back Kelenic in a keeper league? I’m definitely have a contending team for this year and know Kelenic probably doesn’t play this year, but is it worth for next year and beyond? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can you cover without Gurriel this year? If so, I would do it

      • TC says:
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        I can, unless Trout opts out, that’ll make it trickier. Although if Trout opts out, I’m somewhat screwed anyway…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, then do it

  3. Jr says:
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    Baseball is back! Thank you for posting consistently throughout this craziness.

    Where would you put Lewis in your of rankings? He worth a flier over Riley or Aquino? 10team h2h dynasty league with obp, slg as additional categories, no avg…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem!

      Lewis over Aquino but not over Riley

      • joeurso1 says:
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        Hilliard or Riley?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Riley

          • joeurso1 says:
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            Now I see Puig back out. More opportunity for Riley.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Riley was prolly secure anyway, but it helps him

      • Jr says:
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        Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  4. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    1. Berti could play five or six times a week as the Marlins’ super-utility player during the compacted schedule, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. Berti is preparing to play just about anywhere. “We have three weeks [to Opening Day],” Berti said Monday. “Kind of every other day, pick an infield spot for one day, and the next day pick an outfield spot. Just work on that for the time being until we’re comfortable with where our legs are at.” ;-) sounds pretty positive to me.

    2. Kieboom! Grey used irony correctly! *cheers*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Love it!

      2. Haha

  5. NUX says:
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    Yea I like Berti to get some PT early, score some of that sweet, sweet SAGNOF nectar.

    But we’re talkin’ about the wrong bird today.

    Zack Burdi! Gimme gimme!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, hey, Burdi, Burdi

  6. Play Ball says:
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    ATC projections

    Player A – 190 At-bats / 13 HR / 28 R / 31 RBI / .242

    Player B – 229 At-bats / 14 HR / 31 R / 37 RBI / .255

    Player A is Sano who sits in the most powerful lineup in baseball. Player B is Olson who’s in a good lineup, but may be affected by parks than Sano. Also, if Sano has the same number of projected At-bats – and should in that lineup – he would have 15-16 HR / 35 R / 37 RBI and 1B/3B eligibility. I’m just trying to make myself feel good by trading away Olson for another piece because I have Belli at 1B and picked up Sano as a FA.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t hate it depending on who you got for Olson

  7. David Maher says:
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    Kyle Lewis or Joey Gall0?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gallo

  8. Cram It says:
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    Nick Madrigal ain’t go sh*t on Jake Fraley.

    • Cram It says:
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      *got.

      Man, I can’t even talk smack accurately.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        G*t

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  9. William Hung says:
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    Puig down with the rona

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And not signing bc of it

      • Will says:
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        Seems odd that Atlanta would back out like that. Freddit Freeman is back after missing 13 days as it Touki Toussant who also missed 13 days. Given that we’re still 7 days away from the season starting, Puig could have only missed a handful of games. He says he’s asymptomatic so might have only missed a few days. Really surprises me that the Braves walked away. Makes me think there’s more to this story.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, maybe they think they can work out another deal when he’s better

      • Fred says:
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        Drop Ian Happ for Teo?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah

  10. Sandman says:
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    Grey!

    Some return to normalcy here. I’m a front line worker in NYC working at a VA hospital, and these last few months have not been easy. Reading your posts are such a breath of fresh air.

    I’m in a 10 team roto , 5×5 category, 26 roster spots (260 total). My draft is Tuesday and I have number one overall pick. When are you reaching for your first SP? I was thinking rounds 4 or 5? Thank you for everything that you do. Wishing you and your family well.

    Best,
    Josh-NYC / Sandman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Appreciate you! Be well and safe!

      Round 4-5 works for me…Around Giolito area

  11. swaggerjackers says:
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    Welcome back all you Buy Sexuals!

    Did I just make a weird and lame dad joke? Sorry.

    Weekly lock OBP league: Lewis over Domingo or sit tight for week 1?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, no that was a wonderful dad joke

      Nah, Domingo

  12. Colin Robinson says:
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    I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I now that I think about it I never even got to my question. When catchers are always bending down and throwing the baseball back to the pitcher and sometimes to the second basemen or short stop depending on who is covering second base which usually depends on the handedness of the batter unless of course the batter often hits the baseball “the other way” on the ground and sometimes the second basemen will open his mouth behind his glove to hide his mouth openness or closedness from the batter and the first basecoach and the third basecoach and all of the bench of the other team also. Here are my earlier thoughts as well to review. I was thinking about dropping my catchers when they go to San Francisco and maybe picking up catchers when they go to Denver Colorado. My aunt was supposed to be going on a trip to Denver Colorado but instead she ended up going to San Diego California. It rained for two days straight which I’m told is rare for San Diego California because it doesn’t rain that often in Southern California and when it does it often floods. The flooding causes the soil to erode and the combination of eroded soil and freshwater rain end up flowing to the ocean instead of hydrating the soil because after all much of Southern California is desert and without the creation of the artificial Los Angeles river there would not be any water. The water in Los Angeles actually starts off as snow in the mountains and my aunt ended up not staying at the zoo as long as she would have otherwise liked to due to the rain but if she was being honest she would not have stayed long enough to feed the giraffes anyway due to her stomach troubles. It seems that she may have been exposed to a stomach bug when she was aboard the greyhound bus that she traveled on on her way to San Diego California. I often get sick when I travel by bus and I have heard that it is not uncommon for people to get ill for a few days after doing a lot of traveling. Susan who works at Ralph’s said she got sick after traveling by bus to Reno Nevada. It was not her first choice she and her boyfriend could not agree on which place to visit so Reno Nevada ended up being their compromise.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stop trying to suck my energy, Colin Robinson!

      • swaggerjackers says:
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        It’s not just your energy. This guys is like a super villain.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s…hard…for…me…to…type

  13. RicoSuave says:
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    Thank you Grey!

    16 team points league… I lost Kela (IL) and picked up Crick before anyone else does but I don’t know if he’s a reliable option… For now, I have Urias, C-Mart and Dustin May as my RPs… should I just stick with them in the RP spots and grab someone like Riley or Kyle Lewis as bench bat instead of risking it with Crick?

    My OFs are Soto, Robert, Laureano and Franmil (Util)

    Thanks again…

    • Grey

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      Grab Riley if you don’t need saves, otherwise hold

    • Schmohawks Bob says:
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      Crick or Helsley?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Crick

  14. Primetime says:
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    Is puig droppable? For kelenic or Lewis?

    10 team keeper league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, Lewis

  15. John says:
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    Lewis over Avisal, Braun, or Reynolds?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Reynolds for sweet upside, Reynolds is way more safe tho, and better for runs and AVG and prolly just in general

  16. Still holds up…

    Wake Up says:
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    Truss!

    Hey everybody stop eating for a couple hours and draft a team.

    As a special treat, after you take S Howard in the last round, go ahead and treat yourself to a shower!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, and I still haven’t showered

      • Wake Up says:
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        And I haven’t stopped drinking…since this whole thing started… back in 2006!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re gonna have one hell of a hangover

  17. Joey Cocks!

    Pat Sajackal turns to Vanna’s SoWhite…are there any K’s?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Joey Testes, man, cmon!

      • Wake Up says:
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        I was talking about birds…what the heck are you talking about…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Burds

    • Sammy Davis said to Pat Sajack can I buy an I

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

      • Wake Up says:
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        Hahaha

  18. Rhodyballer says:
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    Which Kyle? Lewis or Tucker?

    • Rhodyballer says:
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      And Madrigal over either?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I like flyer on Madrigal

  19. Cohen says:
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    Grey, are u dropping Puig down in your rankings?