Astros announced that Lance McCullers would start the year on the DL.  Just like a Mick to skip out on work on St. Patty’s Day.  Keeping an eye on you, Andrew McCutchen!  At least we don’t have to start the year with tears for Fiers.  Everybody wants to rule the Astros rotation!  With it being announced that McCullers would start the year on the DL, I dropped him 15 spots in my starting pitcher ranks and lowered his projections.  He’s now in the top 60 starters vs. the top 40 starters.  He’s a young pitcher with a shoulder issue, so if you take my previous excitement and divide it by my current hesitation, you get the entire Angels team dancing on the head of a pin.  Okay, my math might be off there, but I’m trying to weigh my current cautious optimism with my realistic pessimism.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw in spring training for fantasy baseball:

Max Stassi – Underwent hamate bone surgery.  The Stassi injured his hand at a Trump rally.

Matt Wieters – Went for an MRI on his elbow, but, per usual, the MRI found nothing.  Matt Wieters should change his name to Matt Rhode Island, so he can just go by MRI rather than to it.

C.J. Wilson – Suffered a setback with his shoulder.  The weight of his dandruff has become too much.

Victor Martinez – Suffered a mild hamstring strain.  One of my biggest pet peeves is when a player I don’t want to draft gets injured during the preseason and scares away perspective drafters.  The least you can do, V-Mart, is stay healthy during March.  The least!

Adam LaRoche – Retired from baseball because his son, Drake, wasn’t allowed in the clubhouse.  I’m also for limiting anyone using Drake as walkup music.  Between a hard rock and alternative hard rock place, Papa LaRoche said his life is cut into pieces, this was his last resort.  Now I need to clear my YouTube history so it stops suggesting Papa Roach and System of a Down videos.  Aw, geez, now Google ads are trying to sell me tickets to a juggalo gathering.  My browser cache is ruined!  With Adam LaRoche hanging them up, Avisail Garcia should be the full-time DH, so I moved him right back into the top 80 outfielders where I had him prior to the Austin Jackson signing.  LaRoche was, naturally, removed from my top 20 1st basemen.

Andrew Bailey – With David Hernandez dealing with a triceps injury for a couple of weeks, Bailey might have leapfrogged him for the closer role in Philly.  I added Bailey into my top 500, because saves are saves are saves, i.e., SAGNOF!  But Bailey hasn’t looked near okay since 2011, and I’d still say Hernandez is the favorite to get the most saves this year in Philly.

Eduardo Rodriguez – May not join the Red Sox rotation until April 26th.  This is an easy excuse for the Red Sox, who never planned on throwing Ed-Rod for 200 IP this year anyway.  By the by, if Ed-Rod were to marry Carl Hubbard’s great-granddaughter, their kid could be Ed-Rod Hubbard.  Though, I guess that would mean he took his mom’s last name because Ed-Rod abandoned him for boating, science fiction and fastballs.  Whew, now that was a side note!  I’m not moving Rodriguez in my top 60 starters because I always assumed he’d only throw 160 IP this year.

Ruben Tejada – Cut by the Mets.  The last person to cut a Ruben was my deli man, Herb.  *high fives self*  All I need is a do-rag and a foam hand with my name and I’d be cooler than Hulk Hogan before he was a racist amateur pornographer.  Nah’mean?!  So, this opens up the job of utility infielder to Wilmer Flores.  He’s so gonna cry happy tears now.  Wilmer’s in my top 20 2nd basemen, but nowhere near the top 20.  Yabba dabba do!

Bronson Arroyo – Career might be over after being diagnosed with a torn labrum in his shoulder.  That’s the last time he tries to do the slide solo Layla outro.

Jeremy JeffressBrewers manager Craig Counsell announced the Brewers would not name a closer prior to the season.  When Counsell announced it, he held the microphone way over his head in a weird stance.  My money’s still on Jeffress getting the majority of the saves for the Brewers, which could be why I’m broke.  Will Smith would be the next candidate.  #Closerssowhite

Johnny Cueto – Was hit in the head by a comebacker.  Suspiciously, the ball was autographed by Jason LaRue.  Giants are saying Cueto should be fine.

Denard Span – Exited yesterday’s game with a jammed shoulder.  Getting that April DL stint out of the way early, huh?  He injured himself diving for a ball in a meaningless game, rather than saving himself for our fantasy teams.  Jam yourself like that, you gotta be a Smucker.

Michael Lorenzen – Diagnosed with a mild UCL sprain.  Paging Dr. James Andrews, paging Dr. James Andrews.  “Ugh, I just started soaking in a bathtub filled with Goldschläger.  Minus the schläger.”  That’s the doctor being interrupted.

Trevor MayTwins said he’d work out of the bullpen this year.  Well, yeah, they have Ricky Nolasco.

Daniel Descalso – Out a month with a small fracture in his hand.  He was a possible fill-in for Reyes.  When pressed about the possibility of Trevor Story, Walt Weiss asked, “What story do you want to hear?  About the time Carney Lansford and I hid chicken under third base when we were playing against Wade Boggs?  That story?”

Edwin Encarnacion – Out a week with an oblique issue.  The Jays are saying it’s minor and Edwin should be back in time to be ready for Opening Day, and I believe them.  I think Edwin will be fine, but that doesn’t mean he will stay healthy all year.  At this point, I think you have to put his over/under at 130 games.

Scott Kazmir – Showing diminished velocity.  Hello, red flag, I’m assuming you’re not here because you want to drape yourself around a Communist Olympian, but because Kazmir is a major caution now, right?  Yeah, I hear ya, red flag.  Kazmir sat in the 86-89 MPH range with his fastball.  That’s from a guy who had a 6.52 ERA last September.  I saw Kazmir come up in my slow draft the other day, and I didn’t want any part of him.  His deal with the devil to stay healthy last year sounds headed to accounts payable.

Yasiel Puig – MLB said he won’t be suspended for hitting his sister.  Only if he lived in Alabama.

  1. The Theory says:
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    Oh yay, nu metal references!

    I love System of a Down, and respect anyone who has them in their music collection. Unless their music collection was limited to System of a Down, Slipknot, Korn, and Mudvayne, because then I’d know you got all your music advice from issues of Circus Magazine you picked up at the gas station.

  2. True and Correct says:
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    Unfortch, Nicosia taken at the end of the 49 th round. The longest Slow Draft in history is heading to the 50th round. Didn’t think anyone else read about spring training baseball. haha
    Caminero was awful yet again.
    I’ll re-ask, Weiss v. Caminero, Cedeno, Farquhar, Morin, or #1 prospect Shipley. Could probably use a 16th s.p. with McCullers, Manaea, Glasnow 3 of the 15, not to mention Bettis, Jorge, Kelly, Chavez, and Bassitt.
    My r.p.’s are Allen, Perkins, Hudson, Kneel, Lowe, and Nate Jones. 2 clear closers and 7 clear starters. 8 bench starters, of which 4 probably won’t have a rotation spot on April 3. So that is my dilemma. Shipley may be up in July, and may be helpful down the stretch. Weiss may get some saves, as may Knebel, Jones, Hudson, and Lowe.
    Absolutely, positively my last slow draft question of 2016.
    Apologies for still being fixated on this draft, as Soler appears to fall farther into oblivion.
    The good news is my son and I went to Anaheim (from Encinitas) and sat 5th row center ice and watched the Rangers upset the Ducks. Great game.

  3. True and Correct says:
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    Oh yeah, Bastardo also availablele.

    • Andrew Connolly says:
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      @True and Correct:

      I’m in round 32 of 50, don’t apologize for asking these questions, I’m sure it’s more than me that’s actually reading your questions and using them as advice guides for our own drafts.
      There aren’t too many resources for late round 50 round drafts.

  4. Chuzwozza says:
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    Hello Grey

    Thanks for the ongoing updates. The day is getting closer! Speaking of which, managed my first Yahoo draft the other day (standard 5×5, 3OF, 2Util). I would appreciate any comments on the balance or things to improve

    C – Brian McCann
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Odor
    3B – Todd Frazier
    SS – Bogaerts
    OF – Marte, Springer, Polanco
    Util – Castro, DeShields

    SP – Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Carlos Rodon, Patrick Corbin, Luis Severino, Mike Leake
    RP – Ken Giles, Francisco Rodríguez

    I shan’t bore you with the bench but there are another couple of starters and a couple of SAGNOF (or sacrifice) guys.

    Cheers!

    • Matty says:
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      @Chuzwozza:
      I’m not Grey. But thats basically the team I’m trying to draft so I’m looking forward to the analysis.

      • knucks says:
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        @Matty: Yea this is pretty much the team I was shooting for as well, until I found out I have the last pick my 12 team league similar to Chuz’s.

        Recently been debating taking both Mookie/Marte at the 1/2 turn, in the hopes that Albert falls to me at pick #60. Having to wait 23 picks is such a monkey wrench in my draft prep. Gonna be forming the solo prayer all night, but anticipating a possible sniper on the roof at every turn. Just can’t bring myself to take Abreu at #13, but I know I should.

        Good luck Chuz!

      • Chuzwozza says:
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        @Grey: Argh! Sorry! Knew I’d miss something while including useless info about the roster makeup. 12 teams!

  5. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    What’s up?

    a. Blew it with my draft yesterday. Slept in despite my alarm clock…It’s a long story. So here’s the bad news first.

    Donaldson (9)
    McCutcheon (16)
    BadBum (33)
    Sano (40)
    Gonzo (57)
    Beltre (64)
    FHer (81)
    Lester (88)
    Kipnis (105)
    CMart (112)
    Samardzija (129)
    Inciarte (136)
    Verlander (153)
    Miller (160)
    Gordon (177)
    Fowler (184)
    Crawford (201)
    Shields (208)
    Span (225)
    Alcides (232)
    Nola (249)
    Gomes (256)
    Grilli (273)
    Seun Hwan Oh (280)
    Hernandez (297)

    C – Gomes
    1B – Gonzo
    2B – Kipnis
    3B – Donaldson
    SS – Alcides
    1B/3B – Beltre
    2B/SS – Crawford
    OF – Cutch, Inciarte, Gordon, Fowler, Span
    Util – Sano

    SP – MadBum, FHer, Lester, CMart, Samardzija, Verlander, Shields, Nola
    RP – Miller, Grilli, Oh

    b. Have Bailey in the queue dropping Cesar Hernandez; have Finnegan in the queue dropping Oh. Would you keep those?

    c. Also, need to replace Span ASAP. Holliday is available along with Bradley Jr, Coghlan, Rajai, EEscobar, Holt, Odubel (whom I love, but is injured), Rusney and AJax to name a few.

    Really bad team, especially Badbum and FHer. I showed up at the draft late from Inciarte afterwards. Sad trombone.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Ante GALIC: You should have just stayed in bed, as the ‘bot’ was doing just fine, until you showed up..LOL

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: Haha! Ty for the encouragement, MP in the Republic of Eire. I know you’re kidding, or maybe you’re not (pun point!). Seriously, would NEVER have taken MadBum or FHer (even though FHer at 81 is not bad value). Also don’t like Kipnis and Sano was taken WAY WAY WAY too early by the bot. The bot did me in royally.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Malicious Phenom says:
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          @Ante GALIC: LOL, you’ll be fine man. check the waivers all the time and try and make a trade or two..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. No idea how many teams B. Nope C. Meh, I’d hold for now

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hahaha… Ah, gotcha, didn’t pick up on that… Nice draft then, you gotta beat those heavy hitters!

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: Grey! I’m weak everywhere! ‘ONLY’ behind in saves, runs, RBIs, SB, and Ks. HR is league-average, I’ll die fighting but…

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

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              Only! You got it, Ante!

  6. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    You have Franco ranked #53 and Yahoo has him at #126. What is an optimal spot to reach for him at? Maybe in the 85-95 range?

    • de nachos says:
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      @bossmanjunior333: fun fact: his dad Julio (not his dad) is 57. Playing ball in Japan and looks magnificent.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @de nachos: nacho!

        • de nachos says:
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          @J-FOH: I see that I posted this at 4am. hey now that you abandoned us, does our RCL get to run on eastern standard (i.e. real) time zone?

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @de nachos: NZ time.

    • MJC says:
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      @bossmanjunior333: I took him at 79 in an RCL last night and I know at least 2 people commented on having him in their Q but wanted to try to wait it out. If you believe in a player then snag him up don’t wait too long. I look at it as getting a guy at 79 who will post top 40-50 value with the potential for better.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @bossmanjunior333: I support a good reach around about once or twice per draft for guys you really like!

      • knucks says:
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        @Fungazi: With my Franco pick this year, I will get the same flack/confusion from the colleagues that I did last year when I took Arenado in the 5th. Cause that’s where I plan to take Franco… Can’t talk me out of it, prob #61 overall. No chance I get him with my pick after that (not until pick #84). Anyways, I feel better about it after reading through Grey’s rankings again.

        ” Last year, the White Sox were worse than the Phils for runs and Abreu still drove in 100 RBIs. The difference between Arenado and Franco? Coors and a better lineup. Not much else.” And that’s knucks quoting Grey!

        • knucks says:
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          @knucks: Also, I only go to parties that I know Fungazi will be at too.

          • Fungazi says:
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            @knucks: This guy follows me everywhere I go lol! A big reach can also take the other managers out of their comfort zone, because they start second guessing where players are going to go. I know a guy in my keeper is always reaching up and plucking all my sleepers, I hate his guts.

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        @Grey: to build off that, the current NFBC ADP of 97 for Franco is prob more realistic than the Yahoo ranking (126). Unless your league is ‘special’ or you anticipate them to be following those “Yaaa-hoos”and their rankings religiously. I do hope that Yahoo DOES NOT update their rankings again before my draft next week, as I’ve adjusted my strategy in later rounds based off of their nonsensical rankings.

        In Franco’s case, would also help if he would take a chill pill with the homers in Clearwater. Secrets out. Watched him play locally the past few years in Allentown/Reading. Hate the Phildos, but he is the piece to build around for sure.

        Grey, that insight is much appreciated. I feel more confident choosing to take him at #61.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, totally…No problem

  7. Jake Kimball says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I won my h2h auction league last year with rizzo leading my team in steals. It wasn’t by design but all of the combo power/speed guys were going for too high $, so ended up with a no speed crew of arenado, pujols, cargo, gattis, Adam jones, etc.

    I thought it worked well because I’d win r/hr/rbi every week, while never winning steals. Avg suffered with gattis and pujols.

    I had planned to intentionally doing the same this year by adjusting Rudy’s auction values to only include like 25% of the SB value. The SB value would more be a tie breaker between two otherwise similar players.

    Sounds like you would not recommend this. Running through mocks, SB seem a much better value this year being able to get betts, marte, and Upton at really good value. So I’m a little torn.

    • Grey

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      @Jake Kimball: I wouldn’t do that, but if you can make it work

  8. Chad Strickler says:
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    Grey,

    Thanks for making me feel better about jumping off of the McCullers’ wagon before it got stuck in a ditch for a month or two.

    10 team full keeper trade:

    I get Matz & J.Hammel

    I give Castellanos & Grinchuk.

    Thanks and great work as always!

  9. Malicious Phenom says:
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    HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

  10. Sam says:
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    keeper auction league with escalating values (+10% plus$5 year over year) — would you hang onto McCullers at $7 in light of the injury news? Replace with Severino ($6) or let both go?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Sam: replace with Severino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sam: Go with Severino

  11. Dr Sauce says:
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    ESPN, 5X5, 12 team, head to head (mixed), 6 player keeper (no penalties/no limits). Fortunate to have strong keepers (all 6 ranked in your top 15 overall), however all bats no arms. I have the 4th pick in the upcoming draft and will be selecting a pitcher. Given this list; Price, Kluber, Carrasco, Strasberg, Archer and Syndergaard you indicated to draft Noah. I ‘crush’ on Noah this year as well and was hoping you were going to suggest drafting him. However, a new wrinkle has been added … Harvey is now in the mix. My question what order (top 4) would you draft the above pitchers (including Harvey)? It doesn’t seem as simple as ‘See my rankings’ as you preferred Noah over Price even though Price is ranked ahead of Noah. Thanks in advance …

    • WhiteRabbit says:
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      @Dr Sauce: Synd over Harvey

  12. ashtray says:
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    We get to keep two guys at the cost of where they were drafted.

    It’s a 12 team H2H 7×7

    R, HR, RBI, SB, K, AVG, OBP
    W, L, SV, ERA, WHIP, QS

    Choices are:
    Miggy 1st
    Rizzo 1st
    Brantley 2nd
    Arenado 3rd
    Carlos Santana 4th
    Mookie 6th
    Carrasco 10th
    Corey Seager 23rd
    Salazar 23rd

    Thanks for the help!

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @ashtray: Rizzo & Arenado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ashtray: Arenado, Seager…Rizzo’s fine though too over Seager

  13. Banana says:
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    What sounds like a better foundation in a H2h OBP league:

    1B: C Davis
    OF: Harper, Betts, Upton

    or

    1B: Miggy
    OF: Harper, C Davis, Springer

    • ashtray says:
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      @Banana: I vote for Betts and Upton

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @ashtray: Betts & Upton

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Banana: You nailed my targets for OBP too. Some combination of Harper, Betts, Upton, Springer, Crush.

      Have you thought about Votto at 1B instead? Not as flashy as Crush/Miggy, but his .400-.450 OBP adds some flexibility to take some nice guys elsewhere who are great but have meh OBP like Marte, Frazier, etc..

  14. Clint says:
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    With Brantley looking almost Pujols-like in his injury return estimation, will you be moving him up in your rankings soon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: I won’t be

  15. Fat Mack says:
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    Grey,

    When do you expect the hitter/pitcher tiers spreadsheet/table/thingy to be up on the rankings page? Also, I’d love to see a post that highlights hitters and pitchers that both your projections and steamer projections like relative to their ADP or other rankings. Any chance you guys can get something like that together?

    Love the site, and appreciate all of your insight (and wit).

    • ashtray says:
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      @Fat Mack: This was asked a few days ago and it doesn’t look like they will be updating the tier spreadsheet anymore. There was some guy who used to do it and he said he wasn’t doing it anymore.

      • Fat Mack says:
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        @ashtray: Thanks. Missed that one.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Fat Mack: There were posts comparing Razz ranking to ESPN and Yahoo’s.

      You can do some legwork yourself and compare Razz rankings to Fantasypros ADP, or whatever draft site your using, to see where the values are.

      • Fat Mack says:
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        @Cram It: I think those posts compared Grey’s rankings to ESPN/Yahoo (which I really like), but I was hoping to see the sweet spot where both Grey and Steamer are more bullish than ESPN/Yahoo/ADP. I try to do some of that myself each year, but it’s not a very systematic or thorough review.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Fat Mack: I don’t know, kinda the same thing in my mind. Razz has player X ranked 40th, someone else has him ranked 80th. You can deduce the ADP from there.

  16. The Great Knoche says:
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    I should become a MLB trainer it can’t be that hard.

    “Johnny you just took a liner off your melon, how do you feel”

    “I’m fine, only hurts a little”

    “Ok in that case why don’t you stay in this meaningless spring training game, and we’ll see if any other symptoms present themselves”

    Are you kidding me?

  17. Old School Brother says:
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    Cut my locker room into pieces
    this is my last retort
    suffocation, no Drakeing
    don’t give a F if I burn my arm baking

    Would it be wrong, would it be right?
    If I took my son tonight,
    Chances are that I might
    locker room swearing out of sight
    And I’m contemplating retirement

    I’m crying [4x]

    -Papa LaRoche

    • knucks says:
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      @Old School Brother: Hahahhaha I’m crying as well.

      between a hard rock and alternative hard rock place.. Grey, some of my favorite writing of yours. Thank you.

    • knucks says:
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      @Old School Brother: Some of the best writers are remembered for not just what they have written, but the work they inspire. Look at this stuff Grey, OSB is the numetal ODB. Gotta make papa proud.

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @knucks: Grey has also inspired my cougar chasing as well as writing

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Glad to be a service to the world

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Bravo sir, bravo

  18. Bentley bangers says:
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    With draft time looming still trying to narrow down keepers. 8 team auction draft. I think the 2 pitchers are no brainers. The offense have several options that are actractive. Thinking of saving the most money and keeping most of young cheap studs. Searching for a consensus Thanks. Kluber 4. DeGrom 11. Marte 11. JD mart 4. Frazier 4. Votto 14. Comforto 1. Stanton 19. Sano 1. Springer 4. Davis 17. Thanks for the great articles!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Bentley bangers: Would help knowing how many you could keep. Unless you could keep all of them? Sure, keep all of them.

      • Bentley bangers says:
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        @Cram It: o yeah 7 keepers

        • Cram It says:
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          @Bentley bangers: I’d lose Frazier, Conforto, Votto and Davis.

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Bentley bangers: Sano, Marte, JD, Stanton, Frazier, Springer, Davis

      • Bentley bangers says:
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        @Chicken Dinner: thats 8 can only keep 7. I think the 2 pitcher are a bargain and want to anchor my staff with them.

        • Bentley bangers says:
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          @Bentley bangers: unless your thinking just load up on offense

          • Cram It says:
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            @Bentley bangers: It’s 8 teams, you should be stacked everywhere.

            • Bentley bangers says:
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              @J-FOH: the one that plays in balimore. Then consider picking 7 out of them all including deGrom and Kluber

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Bentley bangers: keep the arms. JD frazier davis springer giancarlo

                • Bentley bangers says:
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                  @J-FOH: Thax. Those arms are good for the price

  19. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    St Paddy’s day and the Ncaa tournament on same day, I picked the wrong day to start wearing clothes again

    • Shill Team 6 says:
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      @Smokey: You could just paint yourself green and call it a jumpsuit.

  20. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Entering my first year in a 10 yr old keep-7-forever ($3 annual inflation) keeper league w/ weekly lineups, I’m trying to grab at least a couple minor league guys who are good bets to be studs in 2017. Don’t really care if they contribute at all this year (they can just ride some of my 6 reserve slots).

    Anyway, I am definitely gunning to spend $1-$2 on Giolito. I also have Buxton at $3 currently (who I think will tell us a lot about future potential this year).

    What do you think about me grabbing Moncada at $1 or $0 in the reserve round over a Story/Turner/O. Arcia type?

    Doesn’t sound like Moncada will be up this year (not meaningfully at least), but everyone seems bonkers about his potential for 2017-on + Ralph has him as the #4 prospect, behind only Giolito, Seager, Buxton + ahead of all the aforementioned SS guys. If I’m looking to find the next potential superstar, he seems like the “safest” bet available…

  21. Matt says:
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    Yo Grey and fellow commenters, I did a 12-team auction league last night and went super offense heavy at power positions, do you think I need to make moves for pitching or see how things break early on?
    C Realmuto $1
    1B Rizzo $43
    2B Kendrick $1
    SS Andrus $1
    3B Frazier $19
    OF Trout $53
    OF Springer $35
    OF Upton $28
    UTIL Braun $22
    UTIL Poo-holes $18
    BN Heyward $14
    BN Lawrie $1

    SP Liriano $11
    SP Hisashi my dashi (slurp slurp) $4
    RP Gregerson $1
    RP Jeffress $1
    P Gio $1
    P Hendricks $1
    P Leake $1
    P Buchholz $1
    BN Clippard $1
    BN Heaney $1
    BN Nelson $1

    Grazie!

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Matt: Patience grasshopper, see how the first month or two, go before breaking up ur team for SP’s

    • Cram It says:
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      @Matt: That staff looks problematic, but I’d run with it to see how things shake out early on.

    • Grey

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      @Matt: What others said

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Matt: If it were me id try and move Braun for a pitcher or 2…you have Heyward to take his spot anyway.

  22. Det. John Kimble says:
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    I was waiting for the Adam LaRoche write-up today and you didn’t disappoint hahaha. I saw this gem of a quote from him yesterday.

    “We’re not big on school,” Adam LaRoche said in 2013. “I told my wife, ‘He’s going to learn a lot more useful information in the clubhouse than he will in the classroom, as far as life lessons.’ ”

  23. dk says:
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    Keep Stanton for $40?

    • Cram It says:
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      @dk: $260 budget? I wouldn’t, that’s too rich for my blood. But I’m a cheap auctioner….and a Jew.

      • de nachos says:
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        @Cram It: judging by that shredded torso, a bear Jew. must be the belt. have you taken to calling it “precious”?

  24. J-FOH says:
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    Do you think Lunhow is playing it smart by being cautious now? When the need McCullers down the stretch they don’t run into innings limits later. Just a thought

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: hes already shown he doesn’t care about the arb clock. Wouldn’t be the worst idea.

        Had my first rcl last night. Packed full of frequents. We had fun. GALIC wasnt the only overseas guy either. Had a guy stationed in Afghanistan in there and he nailed it. Razzball, reaches the armed forces. You’re like bob hope.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s awesome! Zero Dark 12-Team

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: he was super cool and a damn good drafter. I’m going to do a shout out to him and his squad. Expanding the product!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s very cool, ask him if he knew Bowe Bergdahl

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: hehe

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss says:
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          That’s badass

          • J-FOH says:
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            @MattTruss: I’m going to try and coordinate an all active duty RCL next year.

            • MattTruss

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              That would be pretty sweet!

            • Sobchak Security says:
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              @J-FOH: We have an active duty marine in our league and he’s drafted from Afghanistan and Okinawa. During the Afghan draft they took mortar fire within a couple hundred yards. He didn’t miss a pick. The Okinawa draft the island was on rotating internet blackouts so he missed the last 15 minutes of every hour. Still fun times.

              We also had an owner, who’s an engineer for GE, that was called out of country in March 2011 due to a small issue with a “power station” in Japan…. still drafted tho.

        • Vegans says:
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          @J-FOH: Knowing that about him was the hi- light of the draft.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Vegans: that and oaktown losing it because his system kept auto drafting

            • Vegans says:
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              @J-FOH: HA!
              (only laughing at the comedy of the whole situation)

  25. Trex arms says:
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    10 keeper league – only pitcher is sale
    A few questions . Yes or no to each . Thanks

    1) Keep matz and trade 1st round pick (pick 127) for Felix
    2) don’t keep matz and trade comp pick for bumgarner
    3) keep matz and trade 4th rounder for hosmer (encarcion is my starting 1b, but we have 2 util spots )

  26. J-Money says:
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    Morning Grey,

    Great writeup, per usual. Quick question – 12 team H2H, 6V6 OPS and K/9 (QS replacing W). A fan of the wait on pitching strategy, but with QS this year I feel like there needs to be more emphasis on quality strikeout pitching. We can keep up to 4, losing a round for each player kept- my two absolutes are Rizzo and Arenado. My questions are 1) Do I keep Arrieta or try to make a move, not really getting much interest outside of JD Martinez (could then maybe keep Carrasco?) and 2) Do I keep Upton or take a chance to get into the draft and see what else is available.

    As always, appreciate your input. Happy drafting!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-Money: Thanks! I’d keep Arrieta

  27. Peter O says:
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    Looking for feedback on this team that i drafted last night:

    1. 4 Josh Donaldson, TOR
    2.9 J .D. Martinez, DET
    3.4 George Springer, HOU
    4.9 Justin Upton, DET
    5.4 Todd Frazier, CWS
    6.9 Xander Bogaerts, BOS
    7.4 Brian Dozier, MIN
    8.9 Brandon Belt, SF
    9.4 Christian Yelich, MIA
    10.9 Michael Pineda, NYY
    11.4 Hisashi Iwakuma, SEA
    12.9 Jose Quintana, CWS
    13.4 Steven Matz, NYM
    14.9 Patrick Corbin, ARI
    15.4 Stephen Vogt, OAK
    16.9 Drew Smyly, TB
    17.4 Delino DeShields, TEX
    18.9 Mark Trumbo, BAL
    19.4 Marcus Semien, OAK
    20.9 Kevin Gausman, BAL
    21.4 Erasmo Ramirez, TB
    22.9 Darren O’Day, BAL
    23.4 Joe Panik, SF
    24.9 Evan Scribner, SEA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team #

    • Peter O says:
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      @Peter O: It’s a 12 Team 6×6 with OBP instead of AVG and TB. Extra pitching category is K/BB

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love the hitting, looks extremely balanced… Delino Deshizznit in the 17th? Hello, beautiful! Your pitching looks okay, bit wonky with risk

      • Peter O says:
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        @Grey: Thank you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, Peter O

        • Peter O says:
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          @Peter O: Would you maybe pass on Dozier there and pick up 1 more solid pitcher?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I would’ve, yeah

  28. 10 Team 5×5 auction draft:

    Need to pick 2 to keep

    Mookie Betts $6
    Anthony Rizzo $17
    Nolan Arenado $22

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Arenado

  29. Mike says:
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    I’ve got a H2H league where the following pitchers are being kept…
    Grienke, Fernandez, Syndergarrd, Archer, Salazar, Stroman, Keuchel, Cole, DeGrom, Severino, Yu Darvis, Carlos Martinez and Matt Cain

    This is going to effect the market obviously, so I’m wondering if I had a chance to keep Carlos Carssco in the 8th over Wade Davis in the 16th, would that be a better move? Or do I just jump in round 4 and grab whoever is highest on the board, knowing those good tiers are going to be picked clean by the time the snake gets back to me (I’m the 12th draft position)

    Thanks!

    • Mike says:
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      @Mike: correction Carassco is in the 7th, but having the 12th overall pick it makes no actual difference…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Carrasco

  30. Zeus says:
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    Nyc is going to be an absolute shit show today with the tournament and being deluged with suburban nitwits drinking green beer and throwing up.

    Grey what are your thoughts on QS strategy. I’m in a slow draft and am picking one away from the turn. Pitchers go early in this leave so if I don’t grab one w my second pick I’m going to end up screwed. The SP run hasn’t fully started as only Kershaw scherzer and mad bum have gone. Who would you be looking at in this format

      • Zeus says:
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        @Grey: would you really draft price in Boston over sale or arrieta?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t draft any of them

          • Zeus says:
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            @Grey: yeah I hear you but I’ve been in this league a long time and you get f’d not taking a SP there. My offense usually is so good that it’s overkill. I Can probably get a third round level hitter with pick 47. Thanks Grey.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  31. ERod's RodEd says:
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    Is nicasio worth a grab in a deeper h2h lg? It’s not like his competition for the rotation is robust…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, why not

  32. True and Correct says:
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    Grey- You didn’t answer my 50th round question. Shipley ? Weiss ? Caminero ? Bastardo ? Thoughts on each. Can use an arm, starter if viable.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shipley

      • True and Correct says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Bro.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • Zeus says:
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            @Grey: yeah the problem with this league is like you I get a blackzilla sized tent pole for the young cheap k guys. Because of this I’m always fighting a sysyphian uphill battle in QS as they tend to be inefficient with their pitches and get pulled earlier. I really hate QS as a category.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  33. OaktownSteve says:
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    Man ESPN’s new draft UI is not so hot. For one thing, I didn’t find the draft board view. Just a stream and rosters. More importantly, it continually flips you back to autopick if you don’t touch your mouse for like a minute. I was trying to multitask last night and I ended up like 50% autopick even though I never left the draft room. FUUUUUUUUUUUUNKY team. Be fun to coach them up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice thing is in RCL you can coach them up… I haven’t used it since last year, sounds awesome though

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Yeah strange forces, autodraft got me a few times, 3 picks, last night too. Not nearly as bad as it got Oak though. Woulda been nice if it actually drafted Cain for me like I hit instead of auto-ing Price. My Hosmer and Noah picks I wanted turned into auto Kenley and Fielder too, aw shucks.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @nick the dick: yeah but you learned from last year great close out to the draft last night. You double sniped me with a side of FU fries.

          Do you listen to SOL?

          • nick the dick says:
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            @J-FOH: yeah, team came out straight anyways, made the best of it. You taught me well!….nah, what’s SOL?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That sucks, their draft setup is different than last year?

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: I was doing the lite draft version on my phone and when i hit draft Cain it didn’t register, which put me on autopick and made my next 2 picks auto as well. Coulda been alot worse, but I was salavating at the thought of an OF with Mookie, Cespedes and then Cain. Never wouda taken Price or those next 2 picks, but hey what can ya do?!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I hear ya… Not bad at all

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Our draft at Scout went to the snails, huh?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      My team is hilarious. Dozier in the 4th round. Votto in the 3rd. Neil Walker AND Howie Kendrick. John Lackey. Shelby MIller.

      And my personal favorite…Phil Hughes

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha, yikes

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Time to rosterbate. At least you have Walker to soften the blow.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Big Magoo:

          Love you some Neil Walker.

          Yeah I would be churning and burning anyway.

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @OaktownSteve: This does not bode well for me since I have the ECFBL an FCL drafts at the same time. I blame Truss

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @mauledbypandas:

        Yeah I had chaos here. Kids were participating in the early rounds. Girlfriend was here and we were doing some work on our business and I was roasting a chicken for school lunches today…but still, I really did not like the interface toggling itself back to autopick. I’d recommend going into draft settings to see if there’s a way to adjust that.

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Yeah that sounds like a terrible idea on ESPN’s part. It used to only put you on auto if you missed a pick. To make my conundrum worse I have to rush home from work just to be in time for the draft(s)

          At least I don’t have anything else planned for that night and the GF will be at work!

        • Big Magoo

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          @OaktownSteve: I just did the “lite” draft on my iPad the other night. It worked ok. Didn’t have any trouble with the auto-pick toggling on.

        • VinWins

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          @OaktownSteve: I’ve done 5 ESPN drafts with no problems. Same as previous seasons. Running a mock right now to see if things changed yesterday, all appears fine. Hopefully it was just a 1-night glitch.

          • Mordacious Levator says:
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            @VinWins: unlike in previous years in espn you can’t toggle between your own rankings and theirs. you get your own (which is most important thing) but left to use ADP vs yours instead of yours vs theirs.

      • MattTruss

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        You’ll be just fine, 5 days before that you weren’t even running the FCL!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @MattTruss: who was running it?

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @J-FOH: I think at that point the future of it was unclear.

  34. Malicious Phenom says:
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    BAD fantasy player ALERT. This guy actually wants to start caring for about his team and winning and stuff like that, NOT about his stats..What a bum…LOL

    from fantrax:
    Julio Iglesias, who wasn’t considered the best teammate despite an All-Star season in 2015, spent the offseason mulling his approach and he says he’ll stop chasing personal stats this season and focus on a team-first attitude, reports MLive.com.

    Analysis: That’s great for Iglesias and the Tigers, and not so great for fantasy owners. Iglesias hit .300, but was more concerned about his own stats than doing whatever it took for his team to win. It culminated in an August shoving match with catcher James McCann in the dugout. He promises to change: “A year is a long time to look at yourself in the mirror and say, ?I did this for myself, or I can do more for my team,’ ” Iglesias said. “At the end of the day, it’s not about you. It’s about winning.” His value lies in his ability to deliver offense, so we’re downgrading him a tick or two until we know more.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: wait a minute, what’s left out of this story is that iglesias was TRYING to get FANTASY stats, jesus, how useless will he be now?

  35. Steve says:
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    @Grey

    12 team mixed league, 6×6 with OPS and QS

    C – Hundley
    C – Chirinos
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Duffy (2B/3B)
    SS – Boagerts
    3B – Franco
    MI – Lawrie (2B/3B)
    CI – Belt (1B/OF)
    OF1 – Bryant (3B/OF)
    OF2 – Upton
    OF3 – Deshields
    OF4 – Ozuna
    OF 5 – Conforto
    DH – Adams

    Platoon against RHP:
    Dickerson (325/938 in 2015, 313/934 career)
    Ethier (309/903 in 2015, 304/889 career)
    Coghlan (2B/OF) (264/831 in 2015, 278/784 career)

    SP1 – Carrasco
    SP2 – Salazar
    RP1 – Ramos
    RP2 – McGee
    P – Jeffress
    P – Matz
    P – Rodon
    P – Ross
    BN – Velasquez
    BN – Norris
    BN – Hill

    NA – Glasnow
    NA – Giolito

    DL – McCullers
    DL – McCarthy

    What do you think?
    Also, would you trade Dickerson for Corbin in this format?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The pitching is terrific, the hitting looks pretty balanced, maybe a little light speed, but that’s fine in OPS… I’d hold Dickerson

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  36. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Indians signed OF Marlon Byrd to a minor league contract.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blech

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @Grey: Desperate teams make desperate moves..lol

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

  37. Malicious Phenom says:
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    He’s trying to comeback, again.

    MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports Johan Santana is in the early stages of a throwing program.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Better draft him now

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s what I’m thinking

  38. EA says:
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    GREY. Thanks for all you do big guy. Quick keeper question:

    12 team H2H keeper league (3 keepers). I WAS going to keep Rizzo in the 1st, Harper in the 2nd and Jose Fer in the 17th.

    BUT

    I drew the 4th pick in the draft. So, i’m thinking it will go Trout, Goldy, (those two can’ t be kept) and then the 3rd pick will prob take McCutchen or Miggy (because the other top ranked guys will be kept). ASSUMING I get to draft Rizzo with the 4th pick instead of keeping him, that would free up another keeper. Who would you choose? I’m leaning towards Noah.

    Arrieta in the 5th
    Syndergaard in the 15th.

    Both are great options but Thor in the 15th is sexy as hell. Could also go Bogearts in the 12th or Schwarber in the 14th but I don’t think either of those are better than the options above. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Noah

  39. henncoop says:
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    Had my 2nd $$ draft last night in a 12 team 5X5 roto with 4 OF drafting 3rd. I feel better this time around but missed out on DeShields (134).
    Any comments or assessments are welcome
    C Ramos
    1B Hosmer ( had to reach a bit @51 or wait for Pujols)
    2B Russell
    3B Franco (again I had to reach @70 …wanted him over Seager)
    SS Segura
    CI Longoria (steal @ 142)
    MI Seimen
    OF Harper, Betts, Polanco & K Davis
    Utility Ozuna
    Bench – Peraza (may be getting OF eligibility & extra speed if needed)
    SP Jo Fer, Thor, Walker, Rodon, Shark, Ross, Ed Rod, & Norris
    RP Familia, Giles, Hernandez, Rodney, & Stickland
    Should I be hanging onto Ed Rod for now or checking waivers?
    Thanks for any suggestions or comments

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look a bit light on power and higher on speed, not awful… Pitching is insane, much stronger than hitting

  40. Q says:
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    “Juggalo Gathering” is classic Grey. Very funny.

    Couple weeks ago, I asked you how Yahoo leagues would change your rankings. You said that outfielders would move down 2-3 rounds because there are only 3 spots.

    My question is around what tier or rank number does that begin? Obvioulsy we arent considering Trout a 3rd rounder…..

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

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      Thanks! Yeah, around 50th overall that would begin

  41. manny says:
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    AL-only 11 team keeper league with $260 budget. Would you keep McCullers ($11), Brad Miller ($5), or Darren O’Day ($2, I have Britton). All can be kept for next 4 years.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCullers

  42. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Maybe the Twins are moving May out of the way to make room for Berrios. A guy can dream.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That would be wonderful

      • Big Magoo

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        @Grey: I’m not just saying that because I drafted him in my Scout league or anything. Perish the thought.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Big Magoo:

          Pretty sure they will go Erv, Hughes, Gibson,Duffey and Milone to start but it might not be a real long wait.

          • Big Magoo

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            @OaktownSteve: Yeah, I don’t think he’s going to crack the opening day rotation. Shouldn’t take long for a call-up though.

            • mrrr says:
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              @Big Magoo: Twins like May a lot but I think he’ll be in the bullpen for the season.

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @Big Magoo: You bastard! I was just about to grab him too. I am amazed I have not been getting sniped nearly as much as I thought I would have, but as the draft goes on I find it happening a lot more frequently. Probably because the pool of players I am interested in at this point is much larger. I have a feeling I know what your next pick is going to be, youre on the clock btw

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @mauledbypandas: and I was right, so long Cashner :(

            • Big Magoo

              Big Magoo says:
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              @mauledbypandas: Haha. I need some arms!

              • mauledbypandas says:
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                @Big Magoo: Yeah I figured you would be going for some. I was hoping Cashner was due for a bounceback. I saw an interview with him where he said he went back to some old grips and just felt much better this year.

                • Big Magoo

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                  @mauledbypandas: Hope so. The velocity is still there, so he should be decent if he cleans up his control a bit. Cheap source of Ks and his ratios shouldn’t hurt too much if he’s benched in tough road matchups.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh heavens no

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: I think Rudy mentioned that you drafted Villar in Scout, and didn’t you take Reddick too? Common rooting interests!

            • Grey

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              Yeah, I didn’t take Kennedy though… I did draft Lackey though, and he was likely alive to vote for Kennedy

              • Big Magoo

                Big Magoo says:
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                @Grey: True enough on Lackey. I didn’t get Kennedy. Pandas grabbed him before I was able to.

                You would hate some of the guys on my team, haha. At least we have Villar/Reddick…

                • mauledbypandas says:
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                  @Big Magoo: I somehow managed to convince myself that my Kendrick pick was solid. These drafts are crazy

                  • Big Magoo

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                    @mauledbypandas: Kendrick should be solid. It’s all about health with him.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Who else do you have that I’d hate?

                  • Big Magoo

                    Big Magoo says:
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                    @Grey: You probably wouldn’t hate my whole team. Altuve, Abreu, Cespedes, Archer, Grichuk, Corbin, Reddick, Villar. You’re probably ok with most of those guys.

                    Posey and Wainwright? Not so much, I would imagine. Rendon, Billy Ham, Greinke. I don’t see you drafting those players.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I don’t like Posey, Greinke and Wainwright, but I drafted Rendon… Didn’t plan on it, but when he was there at 120 overall, I had to

              • mauledbypandas says:
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                @Grey: 7-10 was where rendon went in our draft. Could be decent value there. I thought about him but went with Kimbrel.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Damn, I took him five rounds later

    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      @Big Magoo: may’s been projected as set up entire preseason from depth charts.

  43. Dusty says:
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    12 team H2H, 6×6 (TB’s)… I’m considering taking Franco at pick no. 51 in the 5th round. We keep 3, so we start in the 4th… Keeping Machado to play SS. Also keeping Davis and Cespedes, and taking an arm with pick 46.

    I’m not confident Franco makes it back to me at pick 70. I might be passing on Frazier, Posey and a lot of older type OF’s (Braun, Cargo, etc) to do this, but I like Franco’s potential better. Thoughts? Too big a reach?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have no problem drafting him there

  44. Endershadow says:
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    14 team, 10 keeper 6×6 w H and QS

    Should I send Pujols for Liriano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair

  45. Cram It says:
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    Need one manager for Yahoo auction draft, standard 5×5. 1 pm eastern this saturday. $100 buy-in. Any takers? Gah!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Cram It: sure. Pay my buy in and I’ll give you 50% of my winnings

      • Cram It says:
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        @J-FOH: I’m not good at math but that doesn’t sound like a good deal for me.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Cram It: only if I lose

          • Cram It says:
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            @J-FOH: Odds are that happens. You’d have to finish at least 2nd for me to profit.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Cram It: Sounds like easy money.

  46. Mark says:
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    Hello, Grey!

    Thanks partly to you (but more-ly to me:), I won my super competitive 12 team points-only league last year. Some hard core dude (and one lady) in that league, but I took home the gold!

    Okay, keeper question: We can opt to keep up to 5 “veteran” keepers (each would result in one draft pick loss, obviously, and two “rookie” keepers (representing our 24th and 25th picks.)

    I’m deciding between keepers now…I have more than 5 solid vet keepers. Which would you keep if you were me?
    Here are the best guys on my team I have to decide between (some are more obvious than others…)

    Charlie Blackmon
    Matt Carpenter
    Paul Goldschmidt ?
    Carlos González ?
    Dee Gordon
    Adam Jones ?
    Manny Machado
    Andrew McCutchen ?
    A.J. Pollock
    Troy Tulowitzki
    ?Corey Kluber
    Danny Salazar

    Thanks, Mark

    • Mark says:
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      sorry about the question marks…cutting and pasting weirdness.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Goldy, Machado, McCutchen, Pollock, Kluber

      • Mark says:
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        Kluber….interesting! In spite of your preference against drafting SP early..?

        I was gonna go all hitting and pick Dee Gordon (or Blackmon)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          5th round for a SP is about right, you can go Gordon if you think you can get a decent SP with the 1st pick

  47. Paul Talbot says:
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    Grey
    In a 16 team keeper league i was offered ian kinsler for salvador perez….i already have matt duffy manning 2b and maikel franco at 3b ( with david wright on the bench)….i have yadier molina as well….im wondering if this trade will strengthen my team ( providing me with a trade chip) and whether molina will be ready for opening day….and if molina is healthy, is there really much of a difference between him and perez….thoughts?

  48. J-FOH says:
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    I was thinking about all the late picks, both mine and others, I Iiked in my rcl last night and started to wonder. Which guys get dropped first. Will kettle bat .185 the first three weeks and get the boot. Neil walker going homerless in April lead to his dismisal from a team. Gausman getting rocked at toronto and Yankee stadium. All the worry free we have now turns to panic driven hysteria. I can’t wait for this.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you hold Marte for 3 weeks while he bats .185, that would be impressive and foolish

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: he’s not on my team. Went with Semien at MI wich is paired with Wong. Could be an explosive combination

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @J-FOH: giggle

  49. TheHersch says:
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    Oh Grey One:
    Standard 5×5 dynasty. (4th last year, a shot to win it this year)

    My C. Seager and Keuchel (both at FANTASTIC prices) for Trout and S. Gray (At last time I’d keep them prices) Plus my OF is solid, but this is Trout.

    My brain says no, but I thought I’d get another opinion.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout side

  50. JoeG414 says:
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    Watch some of the DBacks / Reds game last night . This Socrates Brito has some skills.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      @JoeG414: helped me win an NL only last year.

  51. OaktownSteve says:
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    Mark Zuckerman [email protected] 17m17 minutes ago

    Harper now 2-for-2 on stolen base attempts this spring. Went in headfirst just now.

    Nats 23-24 SBs this spring and talking up the running game. Harper 40/40, baby!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t be shocked by 30/30

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Hey I finally got a taker on my Nats will run narrative! Maybe Rendon gets back in the act.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t have high hopes for Rendon running… He feels like a higher ceiling Howie Kendrick, and that’s from someone who drafted him

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Maybe you can muster low hopes? A margarita might help.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Over under for Too Much Tuna on time: 5 HRs

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                Over. I will not pick again today. Need two tuna’s and two kiefers before I go again, which could also be a lunch order in a healthy seafood place.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HA! Yeah, I tend to agree… I think they both think they’re on autodraft, but didn’t click anything

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    We have a pick. Nice.

                    • mauledbypandas says:
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                      @OaktownSteve: what is your take on Hahn?

                    • OaktownSteve says:
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                      @OaktownSteve:

                      Will depend on health and the curveball. Hear he’s 95 on the gun and the change is developing. A little bit of command with the curveball brings the swiningK rate back up. Hard to read but probably sitting 3 in their rotation. I’m pretty optimistic.

                    • mrrr says:
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                      @OaktownSteve: We actually made some progress today. wow.

                • mauledbypandas says:
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                  Thanks OTS! I had heard some wishy washy stuff about him not having a real out pitch without the slider and was a little worried.

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    @mauledbypandas:

                    They say the change is really coming along.

  52. Zach says:
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    I’m in a 10-team 6×6 Keeper League: R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP, SLG and IP, QS, K, SV, ERA, WHIP

    I’m keeping Frazier (8), Arrieta (11), and Syndergaard (25)

    I’ve got the 4th pick: Best Players available are: Stanton, Rizzo, Miggy, Cutch, Abreu, Joey Bats, Edwin, Upton, and Altuve

    I expect Stanton to go #1 – IMO, Rizzo & Miggy are the next best available, and I am scared they will get picked up 2 and 3.

    What are your top 3 after stanton in order considering my league format? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton, Cutch, Miggy, Abreu

  53. Warren says:
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    Grey, almost done with my Scout league draft with Rudy. Not sure how to feel about this squad…

    C: Hundley
    C: Castillo
    1B: Freeman
    2B: Kinsler
    3B: Seager
    SS: Semien
    CI: Duffy/Alvarez
    MI: Kendrick/Aybar
    OF: Stanton
    OF: Betts
    OF: Heyward
    OF: K Davis
    OF: Inciarte
    UTIL: Castellanos
    (other bench bats: Herrera, Gose,

    Pitchers:

    Sale
    Ross
    Ventura
    Iglesias
    Quintana
    E-Rod
    Robbie Ray
    Volquez

    Kimbrel
    Perkins
    Romo

    Light on saves, so I feel like I need to try speculating for saves with some of these last picks. What say the Maester??

    • mauledbypandas says:
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      @Warren: Jepsen taken? Would be a solid handcuff to Perkins

        • mauledbypandas says:
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          @Cram It: I drafted Bailey in ours. I probably should have taken Yadi, but he is like the most boring pick ever

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      B/c you drafted Sale you have Freeman and Kinsler that are kinda bleh, overall your team looks weak on power… Pitching looks fine

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, and save speculation in weekly, non-waiver leagues is a waste… Get ABs or SPs

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Most valuable lesson I learned from NFBC! Goddamn bench of 10 pitchers that were completely useless.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          10 relievers? Or SPs? Cause I like to grab as many IP as I can for the inevitable pitcher injuries that will hit

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: I had 9 relievers! haha. I didn’t realize how the weekly format would render them useless, because you need all your starters going. All good. I have a one year learning curve with every new format. Look at RCL!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, totally, that’s what I figured you meant

            • mauledbypandas says:
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              @Cram It: I think I may have too many relievers. I went with Kimbrel, Ramos, Doolittle and did a little potential play on Bailey

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Warren:

      Offense looks lite steals and HRs. Power in particular was taken like crazy early in our Scout.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Warren: Ah so YOU are Brooklyn Donuts. Good luck, sir. Everyone is light on saves!

      • Warren says:
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        @Cram It: Haha thanks all. Didn’t love taking Sale, but wasn’t enamored with any bats there either. Power went off the board SO fast. Hoping for a Krispy Breakout!

  54. Teddy Heater says:
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    Happy St Paddy’s day! I was part of the JFoh draft last night and I grabbed a bunch of guys I don’t already have stock in, so at least it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out. Light on Avg & Steals and pitching has some interesting faces, thoughts?

    Hundley
    Crush
    dat dude BP
    Franco
    Xman
    C Seager
    Castellanos
    Stanton
    Upton
    Ells
    Joc
    Buxton
    Arod
    Bench-Moreland

    Stras
    Hamels
    Yu
    Corbin
    Odorizzi
    Robertson
    Tolleson
    Perkins
    Rodney
    Hernnadez
    Quackers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks very solid, I like the hitting and pitching a lot… Not sure who you got some of the guys you got, but that’s a good sign

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        My savvy Neil Walker and Phil Hughes picks freed up some *ahem* depth in that draft. I’ma be streaming like IP Freeley.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Luck of the Irish was working for me a day early (Kelly’s a Glancy and my Gma was an O’Brien). There was definitely some autodraft hi-jinx that was worked in favor> Right place right time, I got my fave drafting spot at 6.

        I reached for Franco in the 4th, because I was tired of getting snipped on him in RCL and I already had Stanton, Crush, Upton.

        B2B with Xman & Seager at 67/78

        Hamels 126
        Yu 150
        Corbin 174
        Odorizzi 211 (fo realzies)

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Teddy Heater:

          You have way too many starters for an RCL

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @OaktownSteve: With Yu being out as long as he is I needed an extra arm, but I hear ya.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Good warm-up for our draft Teddy! Btw, go check the message board real quick, I got a question for ya. Thanks man

  55. OneI'dWilly says:
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    Keepah Quest for ya. Sorry the Red Sox fan in me is waking up. Baseball is really here!

    Points league – was 12 teams now only 10 :(

    1 each: C,1B,2B,SS,3B.
    4OF,
    2UT,
    MI, CI
    7 SP spots but 10 GS limit and 4 add limit to prevent streaming.
    2RP

    Guys I’m keeping:
    Rizzo $34 thru 2017
    Cespedes $15 thru 2017
    Maikel Franco $3 thru 2018
    Franciso Lindor $3 thru 2018

    Arrietta $17 thru 2017
    Kluber $1 this year only

    I need to pick 2 more out of this group:
    Nelson Cruz $4 this year only
    Patrick Corbin $1 thru 2017
    Kole Calhoun $7 thru 2017
    Puljos $17 thru 2017

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cruz,Corbin

  56. OaktownSteve says:
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    Couple of A’s notes. Looks like Semien will hit 9th. A’s don’t want to put too much pressure on him, especially early in the year. A’s line up so filled with similar guys they don’t feel the need to push him up to the top.

    Doolittle apparently looks really good. Velocity is there, new change up apparently nasty. Struck out the side on like 11 pitches yesterday.

    All A’s have been working on bunting against shifts. They toyed with it last year. Pioneering the shift beating bunt seems exactly like something they would do. Vogt laid down a perfect one for a ht yesterday.

    Danny Valencia is reported to be super locked in. Talked about what he learned from Joey Bats while in Toronto. Think he’s the A’s position player who potentially returns the best value.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Valencia is so old, I don’t mind the flyer it he’s got warts

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: He’s 31, I wouldn’t consider that old.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I do

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: he’s like 10 years younger than you

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t play baseball

              • mauledbypandas says:
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                @Grey: do you consider 31 old for women though? That is the real question

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nah, I’m a cougar hunter!

                • Cram It says:
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                  @mauledbypandas: I tend to throw ’em back when they hit 30. Especially if they’re Eastern European.

                  • mauledbypandas says:
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                    @Cram It: I guess they are all different but on the whole I find the younger ones to be more trouble than they are worth. I think they peak from 27-33 much like hitters

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: he’s a low mileage 31, in your world that is like a cougar with great skin who does her kagles

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah definitely a flier. But he did have as many home runs per PA as Goldy last year. He homered again today. A’s announcer Kenny Korach was talking about raw powerl. Career wOBA vs RHP .290. Last year .374. Saying what he got from Bats (who also broke out later) was how to approach RHP. Interesting guy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, don’t think we’re that far off on our thinking with him… I like him, but pretty tempered

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            My green and gold glasses probably account for any difference between us on this one.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, likely

  57. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Need your help on my last keeper in a 10 team 6×6 H2H Yahoo league.

    Swiggy – round 1
    Dread Pirate – Round 2
    Braun – Round 2
    Frazier- round 3
    Kole Calhoun – round 19

    Here are my other guys that Ive decided on
    Carlos Correa (Hou – SS) – FA
    Dallas Keuchel (Hou – SP)  – FA
    Sonny Gray (Oak – SP) – 22
    Matt Harvey (NYM – SP) – 21
    Carlos Rodon (CWS – SP) – 20

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier

  58. LastPlace says:
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    I know where he sits in the rankings, but what does your gut tell you about the likelihood of Brad Ziegler keeping the closing gig all year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      40% chance

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: If this is like the Price is right I’ll say 41% and be closest

    • Cram It says:
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      @LastPlace: 35% chance

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @LastPlace:

      I think you can make an argument that Ziegler is one of the safer closers out there. Go run his numbers as closer.. They are very good. His chief attribute is he never gives up home runs which is what got Reed run out of there. Clippard has had a lot of success as an 8th inning guy, less so as a closer.

  59. mauledbypandas says:
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    Dusty Baker on Trea Turner. Loves rookies my ass…

    “I mean, I love young players, I mean, nobody loves them more than me, but, on the other hand, we have a tendency to ruin and rush young players sometimes, you know what I mean, for the need to have somebody new”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahahahaha…Hilarious!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @mauledbypandas: you can’t write that kind of gold

  60. ShidestheLimit says:
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    6×6 redraft with an NA spot. Who are you targeting for the NA? The categories are such:

    Hitting: AVG, R, HR, SB, RBI, OPS
    Pitching: W, ERA, WHIP, K, SV, HR Allowed

    Pre-draft, who are your top 3?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arcia, Story, Berrios

  61. On the DL says:
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    Grey,

    How does this injury impact your view of McCullers as a keeper for this year and beyond (12 team mixed)? Try to get him more cheaply in the draft given the injury?

    Also, offered Braun and Frazier for my McCutchen and high picks. The infielder would help, alternative is to keep Hanley (or McCullers or Familia). Keep McCutchen? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not really going to affect him beyond April, might be able to get him cheaper now…. I’d take Frazier

      • On the DL says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey, if you had the option of Beltre through a different deal (so keeping Beltre and McCutchen, and not losing the picks it would cost for the Braun/Frazier deal), would you take that pair over Braun/Frazier?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, Beltre’s done

          • On the DL says:
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            @Grey: Thanks Grey

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  62. OaktownSteve says:
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    James Paxton was terrible today. Really terrible. Probably dropped out of the race for the rotation. Pencil in Karns, if you hadn’t already

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Was just talking to Rudy about this, hard to see Karns not get at least 140 IP

  63. The Lurve Guru says:
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    You may already know about this but I think it’s pertinent enough to risk repeating. Christian Yelich’s mom is a big time MILF! Not THAT surprising given that he is 13, but still. She is officially my new crush. I wonder if the guys on the Marlins give him a hard time?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh man, I wanna commit adultery with her

        • The Lurve Guru says:
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          @Grey: @Grey: Imagine if you became Yelich’s stepdad?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            We’d have some fun!

            • The Lurve Guru says:
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              @Grey: Sorry kid, I can’t take you for ice cream, I’m busy motorboating your mom.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I want this to be reality

  64. OaktownSteve says:
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    Ketel Marte tells reporter he is “a little lost” at the plate.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like he’ll fit in just fine on the M’s

  65. Stumanji says:
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    Need help choosing keepers. Keep any 6 forever, OPS league:
    Trout-definite
    Posey-definite
    Abreu-definite
    Cano-definite
    Joc Pederson-probable
    Kipnis
    Addison Russell
    Yu Darvish

    Been offered the following in trades for various draft picks:
    Freeman
    Kyle Seager
    Prince
    Beltre
    Ortiz
    Felix
    Carpenter
    Carlos Gonzalez
    Salazar
    Tulo
    Rendon
    Puig

    Any targets in there worth giving up a high pick?

    Read more: https://razzball.com/rudydraftprep/#ixzz43CUra1kw

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout-definite
      Posey-definite
      Abreu-definite
      Cano-definite
      Joc Pederson-probable
      Seager if you can get him, otherwise Darvish

  66. FDJC38 says:
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    Keeper league trade progress, separate trades:
    1) King Felix and a throw in for Salazar?
    2)Taijuan and Franco for Thor?
    3) Who’s your favorite outfield prospect for this season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Salazar… Franco… Buxton

  67. JimmySuitcase says:
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    Grey-

    I need help with 3 keepers in a standard 5×5 rotisserie league – auction draft format. We redraft every year, but get to keep up to 3 guys. The value is the average of their dollar value for 2016 and what they had previously been drafted for… We have a $260 budget. So, here are the options:

    Bryce Harper – $40
    Josh Donaldson – $33
    Joey Votto – $23
    Eric Hosmer – $14.5
    Gregory Polanco – $13
    MIchael Brantley – $14.5
    Kolten Wong – $5
    Chris Archer – $15.5

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper, Donaldson, Votto

  68. Bocephus says:
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    What do you make of Juan Nicasio’s spring so far? 10 innings, 16 K’s… Fluke?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flyer in deep leagues, waiver guy in most mixed until he shows something in season

    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      @Bocephus: he’s trying something new, it doesn’t matter.

  69. sagnof.R.E.A.M says:
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    Gray and Powers that Be….KEEP 6 NO SALARIES
    Trout, Rizzo, Machado,Gordon, Polanco, Price,Carrasco, Kenley…
    also back to hip hop references, I dig the “H to the Rizzo”(that’s me slightly misquoting you)… but I’m going to take it one step further being a member of the Khris Davis Fan Club AND trying to own him everywhere. ..
    I’m thinking he needs a similar catch phrase for your “what I saw yesterday blurbs”… I’m digging either
    “KRS (ONE)” OR kHRs ONE (OR TWO OR FOUR) depending on how his day was in O-TOWN.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      kHRs One! Nice! Don’t keep Kenley, Carrasco

  70. SteveNZ says:
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    I just got here from Rudy’s draft strategy post and I need a lie down.

  71. TBone says:
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    12tm, 6×6 weekly H2H with OBP and SLG.
    No CI or MI and 4 OF
    We can’t keep up to 10 players with round implications.
    Have Abreu, Gordon, Rendon, Springer, Marte, Buxton, Gray, Corbin, Stroman, Berrios.

    Been offered Todd Frazier who can be kept 2yrs in the 11th and 9th rounds for Dee (2yrs, 21st, 19th). He solves my 3B concerns and moves Rendon to 2B…hardly any 3B available in draft. Take it or pass?

    Also working on Dee and Shelby Miller or Corbin for Mookie (2yrs, 12th, 10th). Try harder for this one instead?

  72. Smags says:
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    Serious question, did I break it? 14 team H2H league (2x defending champ due to razzball):

    C: Castillo
    1B: Pujols
    2B: Odor
    SS: Castro
    3B: Machado
    OF:Betts
    OF: Marte
    OF: Polanco
    U: Deshields
    B: Buxton
    B: Phillips
    B: Souza
    B: Adams
    SP: Syndergaard
    SP: Salazar
    SP: Rodon
    SP: Matz
    SP: J. Ross
    SP: Hendircks
    SP: Gallardo
    RP: Ramos
    RP: Tolleson

  73. Hugman says:
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    Thanks, for keeping the Cueto/LaRue narrative alive!

    So, if you’re coming up to the later rounds and are going to draft one more reliever, and Osuna and Storen are both available, who are you going with?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Storen

  74. Hal Incandenza says:
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    Pretty sure I just saw Frank Sobotka in a Toyota commercial, Grey. His back must be feeling better!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Nice callback, literally

    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      @Hal Incandenza: finally figured out who you are referencing. smart idea to smoke reefers in the air ducts.

  75. JIM says:
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    A couple of trade offers on the table and was wondering if you would offer some thoughts…

    For starters, I’m in a keeper league where we keep all of our players every year and have a 3 round amateur draft prior to every season. It’s a 12 team league. I’m pretty hungry for pitching and am willing to move a big bat.

    I have a few offers on the table.

    A) Donaldson + Jorge Alfaro FOR Freeman + Moustakas + Profar + Y. Ventura + R. Osuna
    B) Donaldson FOR Freeman + Moustakas + Profar + Y. Ventura + Skaggs
    C) Donaldson FOR Freeman + Moustakas + Y. Ventura + H. Harvey + R. Osuna + 2nd round pick
    D) G. Stanton FOR Arrieta + Y. Ventura + R. Osuna + Profar + Grichuk + H. Harvey + 2nd round pick

    Which is your favorite of the deals – can you offer some feedback? Which one is better for this year? Which one is better for the future?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None are good, trade for a lesser SP with a lesser hitter

  76. Biggest Papi says:
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    Grey – Completed my AL only, Auction, 9 Teams (10th guy bowed out last minute – Ninja’s have been released to kill him)….followed your advice for hitters but paid the price with pitchers (spent $64). Let me know if I need to worry about pitching enough to offer a trade & who should I dump asap….notable FAs are listed below

    C John Ryan Murphy
    1B Abreu
    2B Odor
    SS Semien
    3B Machado
    MI Schoop
    CI Cron
    UT Gose
    DH Fielder
    OF Deshields (of course)
    OF Betts
    OF JD Martines
    OF Souza
    OF Martin, L

    Darvish
    Chapman
    Rodon
    Kennedy
    Gauseman
    Karns
    Ramirez, E
    Colome
    Porcello

    Reserve (3 limit, no DL spot)
    Paxton
    Bundy
    Anderson, T

    Notables SP’s on the wire include Tillman, Sabathia, Holland, Lewis and for RP Soria, Madson and Axford
    Notable hitters include Chisehall, Goins, Singleron, Loney

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Come to the newest post

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