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The first time Manny Ramirez went on waivers was before the 2004 season when the Sawx dared any team to accept his $20MM/year contract.  No one did and he helped the Sawx win the World Series.  Now it’s the Dodgers’ turn.  Say goodbye to Mannywood?  Could be.  If no one dares take him, the McCourts will be fighting over custody of him during the divorce proceedings (You take him…No, you take him…No, you take him to Central Park and let him play on the jungle gym then, when he falls, carry him 20 blocks to the nearest ER).  Hopefully for Manny’s sake, the Patron Saint of Bad Contracts (Kenny Williams of the ChiSox) claims him.  If Manny goes to a new team, it could invigorate him like a healthy dose of estrogen.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Octavio Dotel – In the closerousel in L.A., Dotel recorded the save.  Broxton worked a perfect 8th, then Torre threw three relievers in the ninth with none of them being Kuo.  Of course not, why would Kuo be used?  He was only labeled the closer replacement while Broxton figures his shizz out.  Assuming no meltdowns, Broxton will be the closer again soon.

Russell Branyan – In his last ten games, he has 6 homers in only 6 hits.  It’s like he’s playing Intellivision.

Madison Bumgarner – 2 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  After the Giants beat up on the Reds lefty rookie pitcher (Wood), the Reds returned the favor on the Giants’ Bumgarner.  If there was any team you think would go easy on a lefty, it’s the Reds but they’ve now hit two solid lefties in a row.

Pablo Sandoval – 4-for-6 with a steal.  He’s also 10 for his last 17.  He’s much cuter when he’s hitting.

Juan Uribe – 3-for-6 with a homer in his 2nd straight game.  Uribe gets crazy hot at times; this could be one of those times.  Act like you know, MC Lyte.

Homer Bailey – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 11 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Wasn’t a great few days to be a pitcher in AT&T.  I’d continue to hold Bailey for now.

Joey Votto – 4-for-7 with 2 homers.  You know those mannequins that you put in your passenger seat so you can illegally ride in the carpool lane?  I have one of those outfitted in a Votto jersey.  Last week, we went to see Eat Pray Love at a drive-in, but we didn’t watch much of the movie.

Brandon League – Recorded the save in yesterday’s game even though Aardsma hadn’t been used in a few games.  Something could be going on with Aardsma; I grabbed League in a few, uh, leagues.

Kila Ka’aihue – Two games, two homers.  It’s on like Steve Wiebe from The King of Kong hitting a bong with some Vietcong.

Stephen Drew – 4-for-4 with 2 homers.  From a guy who hasn’t had an extended hot streak for almost two years, this game was long overdue.

Ryan Dempster – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Nationals aren’t quite the pushover they have been in the past (partially because Nyjer Morgan will throw a ball at your head if you talk smack).  This was just a solid start from a guy who has become a very reliable fourth fantasy starter.  He’s like Ted Lilly-lite.

Adam Dunn – Made a cameo in last night’s Top Chef.  He ate all the cheftestants’ dishes and then sucked up the Potomac River to quench his thirst.  BTW, gray tuna?  What, was it wearing an away uniform?

Aramis Ramirez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer.  Soriano hit his 21st homer in this game.  Are there two guys that got older overnight than these two?  Oh, wait, here’s one…

Todd Helton – 3-for-5, hitting around .350 in the last week.  SPOILER ALERT!  I already wrote my lukewarm recommendation for Helton in Friday’s Buy/Sell.

Huston Street – Was seen warming up (by me) in the bullpen, but Tracy stayed with Belisle since Street had worked a few days in a row.

Eric Young Jr. – 2-for-5 with his 10th steal.  *Grey drools*

Dexter Fowler – 1-for-3 with a Paul O’Neill homer (triple + error).

Omar Infante – 1-for-5 with his 7th homer, third in the majors in hitting since the All-Star Break.  BTW, the Rockies and Giants both came back from 9 run deficits on the same day.  Somewhere Tim Kurkijan is making dolphin noises.

Logan Morrison – 3-for-5, has hit in nine of his last ten games (still with no power).  In 101 ABs, he has 14 BBs and only 19 Ks with a .391 OBP.  At 23 years old!  Yeah, I’ll be targeting him next year.

Cameron Maybin – 2-for-5 as he hit leadoff.  Every time I try to get out, Maybin sucks me back in.

Alex Sanabia – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 1 K.  Could roofie you at any time, but he looks to be emerging as a decent spot starter.

J.A. Happ – Revenge is a dish best served over 6 1/3 innings while giving up only 2 earned runs.

Michael Bourn – Hit a home run.  I didn’t see it, but I’m assuming they let him hit from 2nd base.

Jimmy Rollins – 0-for-4, hitting .245, Victorino hitting .254, Utley’s at .271.  Right now, the Phillies look pretty listless.

Marcus Thames – Two homers, two games.  Since Berkman’s out with old age, Thames has seen pretty frequent starts.   He’s also hitting over .300 over the last week and you know he has power.

Mike Napoli – 2-for-4, 6 RBIs with his 21st homer.  I switched to a new blood pressure medicine, so I don’t want to even discuss how Napoli will probably be benched in the Angels’ next game.  Sciosciapath!

Howie Kendrick – 5-for-6 with a RBI and 2 Runs.  Since most of his fantasy value comes from his average, it’s good to see him finally get it up to .285.  I’d put Kendrick on a short list of the most overrated players in fantasy.  He’s owned in 100% of ESPN leagues.  Ian Desmond, who really hasn’t been far away from him in value, is at 35%.  Well, whatever.  Can’t solve the world’s problems.

Dan Haren – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Comatose Angels Fan, “Hey, been in this coma since March and just woke up yesterday.  Awesome that we got Haren and we’re scoring 12 runs a game!  We must be in first by what?  10 games?”   Off my head shake.  “Damn, those stupid Mariners are in front of us, aren’t they?”  You should sit down, Comatose Angels Fan.

Jake Westbrook – 6 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Looks like the novelty of the new league might be wearing off.

Aaron Hill – Hit his 19th homer, too bad he’s hitting .208 on the year.  How does one even hit .208 over 414 at-bats?  That’s 42 points off Adam Dunn’s career average.

Trevor Cahill – 7 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 2 Ks.  It’s appropriate his last name starts with a hard C, not a K.

Jeff Niemann – 3 1/3 IP, 10 ER.  Hopefully you forgot to activate him.  Personally, I’d forget to own him.

Jason Jaso – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Doesn’t have much power, but Jaso hits leadoff and has a .391 OBP.

Brian Matusz – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks.  It took to almost the point where he’s about to get shutdown, but he’s been dominant of late.  In his last 5 starts, he has an ERA of 2.32.  It’s hard to recommend him because of his team and division, but he really can be this good.

Koji Uehara – Great, now this schmohawk is the closer.  Earth to Buck Showalter, Mike Gonzalez has closer stuff!  Buck said he won’t name a closer so you can either lose all of them or hold one.  I’d hold Uehara simply because he’s recorded the last two saves.

Gordon Beckham – 1-for-2 with his 2nd homer in as many games.  Ozzie kills most of his value with the nine hole placement, but he has been hitting lately.

Dustin Pedroia – Francona arranged for Pedroia to talk to Michael Jordan because he suffered from a similar injury back in 1985.  I know how this story ends.  Jordan lures Pedroia to Vegas where his scrappiness and spunk are useless against the 15s and 16s he gets dealt at the blackjack table.  He gets out of town with only his stubble and a pair of Hanes he got from Jordan.

Josh Beckett – 6 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Mariners.  According to Beckett, the Mariners offense is worth as much as an Alvin Davis rookie card.

  1. big o says:

    “…didn’t watch much of the movie.”

    very funny line .

  2. I bet i can get AHill for 2 bucks next year.

  3. barker says:

    10 team H2H need to catch up in innings

    drop scherzer and wandy for cueto vs cubs and baker @ sea

    12 team need to lower ratios and increase counting stats

    drop kennedy and correia for pelfry vs hou enright @ sf gorz @cin or bergeson @ laa

  4. barker says:

    shallow 20 team league

    drop javier vasquez for koji uehara

    RP benoit c perez storen axford
    SP J santana kershaw d hudson pelfry dela rosa zimmermann vasquez

  5. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    “Aaron Hill – Hit his 19th homer, too bad he’s hitting .208 on the year.”

    And for a club-record 73rd time, Jays’ announcers said, “Maybe this will get him going.”

  6. KCC26 says:

    would you lose zobrist for desmond yet?

  7. cain fan says:

    Three years ago I lost Utley to a broken hand in August, 2 years ago I lost Carlos Lee to a broken finger in August, this year I lost Utley for 2 months with a broken finger so I dealt him for guess who. Phillips I swear if your hand is broken I am going to be pissed.

  8. Barack Obama (I play fantasy baseball.) says:

    2B recommendation please pick one:

    Bill Hall

  9. Sav says:

    Aramis Ramirez didn’t get old. He was playing with an assortment of injuries. Since the break, he has a .993 OPS, 14 homers and 42 RBI in 170 at-bats.

  10. Sav says:

    “Since the break, he has a .993 OPS, 14 homers and 42 RBI in 170 at-bats.”

    Whoops, that should say since July 1, not since the break.

  11. HotCorner says:

    Nothing on Phil Hughes…here’s my take. Looks like last night’s shelling will just expedite the process of him moving to the pen. I’m dropping him ASAP.

  12. HotCorner says:

    Speaking of dropping Hughes whom I have plugged into a RP spot, who do you view as a decent replacement? J. Chacin, Gorzelanny, Big Z or should I just try to get an actual closer. 10 team H2H league with 5 SP spots and 2 RP spots. My other RP spot is Papelbon.

  13. Rob says:

    Grey loved your comment about Intellivision and Braun. Have a great day!

  14. Wilsonian says:

    Nyjer, Burrell, Becks – pick two for the rest of the year, no particular need. Many thanks. Good shizz as usual.

  15. papasmurf says:

    Drew sonnuvabenched. I think I sat him cuz he was facing a lefty or something. Meh.

  16. papasmurf says:

    Or it could have been due to general mediocrity.

  17. Cheese says:

    Barmes or Young Jr? I just need the player who will receive more playing time and still put up okay numbers…

  18. Oregon Nut Cups

    Oregon Nut Cups says:

    Of course, Stephen Drew yawnstipated me into switching Jayson Nix in and leaving Mark Reynolds at my UTIL spot last night. I’ll never draft a Drew again, not even Nancy.

  19. ScottyM says:

    Grey, where do you think Liriano ends up being drafted next year? His traditional numbers are good, but not great yet his sabermetrics have him at Cy type numbers. Do you think he drops to the second tier of say the 4-5 rounds?

  20. dingo says:

    mike minor or jordan zimmerman the rest of the way?

  21. Child Please says:

    12-team league, 4 player keeper league, H2H, 6×6 (OBP, QS)
    1st round of the playoffs

    Do you think Hellickson has any chance of hitting the rotation again, especially with Niemann’s performance last night? I am not keeping Hellickson and would be dropping him for Sanabia.

  22. ThumbScrewed says:

    With Cruz and Kinsler coming back from the DL soon (hopefully), I have to cut someone. Who would you suggest out of Victorino, Pence, Andrus, and Alexei? And with Utley struggling, does he even belong in that conversation?

  23. Commish Cauda says:

    16-team, H2H-POINTS League

    Need a CI/MI for until A-Rod comes back. Picked up a hot Betemit for this week…who has proceeded to go ice cold.

    Hold on to Betemit or drop him for Helton, Kila or Rhymes?

  24. Jcom says:

    Intellivison Muhahah hours of enjoyment there….”sniff” I callled mine Lucy.

  25. royce! says:

    Aardsma’s still dealing with bruised ribs:

    The article is unintentionally hilarious to me. It’s headline is basically, “Aardsma’s Will Be Fine”; later in the article is the sub-headline (I’m sure there’s a better name for this): “INFIELD WAS FINE” (big scoop!); and they save the best for last: “ON TAP (para.) Seattle has the day off.” Whew! So much excitement in the PNW!

  26. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: Hehe

    @Uncle Bill: Maybe in a ten team league.

    @barker: Wandy for Baker. Sure, Enright and Gorzelanny…

    @barker: Sure

    @VinWins: Ha!

    @KCC26: Yup

    @cain fan: Hehe

    @Barack Obama (I play fantasy baseball.): Nice username… Asdrubal

    @Sav: Chicken or the egg…

    @HotCorner: Chacin… Unless you need a closer.

    @Rob: Thanks, you too.

    @Wilsonian: Nyjer, Burrell…

    @papasmurf: Probably the latter.

    @Cheese: Young

    @Oregon Nut Cups: Ha

    @ScottyM: 2nd tier.

    @dingo: Zimmermann

    @Child Please: Nope

    @ThumbScrewed: Andrus

    @Commish Cauda: Go with Kila.

    @Jcom: Aw…

    @royce!: Ha… Thanks for the heads up!

  27. Commish Cauda says:

    @Grey: Of course, someone just picked up Kila…

    Helton, Betemit or Rhymes? I’ll also throw DeWitt and Inge to the mix. Makes you gag, I know…but it’s late August

  28. Grey

    Grey says:

    @sean: Thanks! Nice reaction shot on O’Neill.

    @Commish Cauda: Helton, but not for long. Unless you need the possibility of steals then Rhymes.

  29. chrisc624 says:

    Need to drop someone for the return of Cruz in H2H league… Delmon Young, Crisp or LaRoche? Also, is Gaby an upgrade over any of these guys?

    Last one, who’s a better replacement at 2B if Phillips doesn’t come back immediately – Raburn, Beckham or Hill?

  30. Eddy says:

    Hey Grey which two would you pick for spot starts on Saturday?

    Nick Blackburn vs SEA
    Kyle Lohse vs WAS (great track record against them)
    Harden vs OAK
    Chacin vs LAD (@COL)
    Jeanmar Gomez vs KAN

  31. Grey

    Grey says:

    @chrisc624: No on Gaby, until Brandon Allen gets called up. Drop Young. Raburn…

    @Eddy: Blackburn, Harden…

  32. Griff says:

    How risky is Zimmermann against the Cards? It’s a H2H league. I’ve already picked him up since he could be huge for the (fantasy) playoffs. I’m worried about a blowup this week though.

  33. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Griff: Risky, let him ride your bench for his first game back.

  34. Fresh says:

    LOL at Tim’s dolphin noises!

  35. royce! says:

    You like any of these guys over Uehara?:


  36. John Butte says:

    Grey, playoffs start next week in my h2h league and I can’t go in there with Suzuki sucking this bad. Soto, Ruiz, Jaso, and Pierzynski are my options, please pick one.

  37. Tom Emanski says:

    Since Storen isn’t actually saving games, should I just get Koji?

  38. sean says:

    @Tom Emanski: Vulture on. Take the building block approach to compiling saves.

  39. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: ok, well on that note, if you had a struggling Kelly Jo at 2nd and your OF/UTIL/BN looked like this:

    OF: Hamilton
    OF: Hunter
    OF: Lind
    UTIL: Torres
    UTIL: Nyjer
    BN: Burrell

    would you drop anyone for Becks to put him in at 2nd? Thanks dood.

  40. Nuke LaDouche says:

    Hey Grey,

    I’m 30 innings over the limit in one league right now but I’ve got Gallardo vs LAD, Romero vs Det, and Wandwagon @ Philly. Who if any or all would you start? Thanks!

  41. Goose says:


    what have you heard about this kid the A’s called up a couple weeks ago, Henry Rodriguez? touches three digits on the gun, 20 Ks in 17.1 IP, 1.15 WHIP — who is this guy? is he the next Zumaya? the next closer-in-waiting there in Oaktown?

  42. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: thanks. You think hang on to Kelly Jo over Burrell? Or drop Ms. Kapowski as she’s lost some of her luster?

  43. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wilsonian: If a guy like Beckham is on waivers, drop Johnson. Basically, tomato-tomahto.

  44. Art Vandelay says:

    Grey, where do you see Stantonin going in drafts next year? I get to keep 3 players in exchange for first three round picks, and I can’t really see Stanton going in the first 40 or so picks right now, but maybe I’m under-estimating him. Thinking of dropping him. Thoughts?

  45. Art Vandelay says:

    Err, that was Stanton, obviously. Typo.

  46. Shmorgie S. Board says:

    Re: Dempster

    He’s much better than a 4th SP. He’s the 23rd ranked SP in ESPN’s system. He’s really a low #2/high #3. Not to mention this is his third consecutive very solid season.

  47. Anyone sitting Liriano tonight? Start was pushed back because of “tired arm”, Texas at home…smells like the ol’ no-win (7 IP, 10 K’s, 0 ER if I bench him, but 4.2 IP, 3 K’s, and 5 ER if I start him).

  48. HotCorner says:

    Did anyone read the article about Jay Mariotti? I knew something was up with that guy all along. Maybe I can start watching Around the Horn again.

  49. danimal35 says:

    somebody is trying to sell some pitching…he has Brett Myers…seems like a good target…I picked up Kendrick for a bench/injury insurance spot and I have Alex Gordon…offer either of them for a Myers aided playoff run?

  50. royce! says:

    @danimal35: I would offer either, but Gordon first.

  51. Grey

    Grey says:


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