What an absolute trip this offseason has been, huh?  Emphasis on ‘has been,’ and hyphenated.  And trip as in “catch one’s foot on something and stumble or fall or other Macy Gray lyrics.”  And ‘trip’ might actually be a misspelling of ‘drip.’  To recap, what an absolute drip this offseason has-been, huh?  Players have already reported and Manny Machado is only now signing and Bryce Harper still hasn’t, said the man who likes to point out the obvious.  Obvious Man continued, “I need oxygen to breathe.”  Shut up, Obvious Man!  Yesterday, the Padres signed Manny Machado to a 10-year, $300 million contract.  We should’ve seen this coming all along.  After all, San Diego is the world’s most languid city.  Also, remember all those people saying Machado would sign with the White Sox, due to Yonder Alonso signing there and being his brother-in-law?  I mean, a guy doesn’t want to be with his in-laws? No kidding!

Now Machado will be in the cozy position of hitting between Ian Kinsler and Eric Hosmer.  Does he just prefer to hit in garbage lineups?  Was Balty-more (how I say it) not bad enough for him?  What an absolute shizzshow this 1st round has become.  In the top 10 for 2019 fantasy baseball, I’ve moved Machado down to another tier as the 2nd tier in the top 10 becomes increasingly barren.  “Acuña or Trea Turner or die,” as my bumper sticker I’m manufacturing says.  Petco isn’t the ‘terrible’ park everyone has made it out to be in past years, i.e. Petco isn’t for the birds and is not a dog of a park or–Fill in your own damn animal pun!  It’s still makes me shudder hard at thinking of hitting in front of Hosmer, but, as previously mentioned on the aforementioned tip, hitting in the Orioles’ lineup wasn’t amazing either and Machado did fine for many years.  I did lower his projections in the top 10, and I’m now way more tentative on him.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw for fantasy baseball this offseason:

PSYCH!  Before getting into the post, we have an announcement:

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J.T. RealmutoPhillies traded Jorge Alfaro, Sixto Sanchez and (other piece) for J.T. Realmuto.  Jerry Tomato Realmuto goes from the lineup of 2016 Mets — the RemnanMets? — to one of five teams trying to win a World Series this year.  *chef’s kiss*  “That-a doesn’t hurt-a,” as a stereotypical Italian would say.  That doesn’t change my outlook for Realmuto in any way, however.  In the top 20 catchers for 2019 fantasy baseball, I gave Realmuto the stat line of 86/18/69/.271/5 in 512 ABs with the foreknowledge that he would be traded.  Put away the kindling and stake.  There’s no reason to burn me for being a witch.  Everyone knew Realmuto was going to be traded.  The Marlins said as much for the last three months.  The only surprising thing is the Phils were the team to get him.  He will now sit somewhere in the top three spots in the lineup, assuming Gabe Kapler doesn’t do a burpee and hit Realmuto at the bottom of the order.  Jerry Tomato is still a catcher, and not one I’m messing with, and don’t end a sentence with with — dah!

Jorge Alfaro – Went the other way in the Realmuto trade.  I love this move for Alfaro’s fantasy value, let me just say that right now, as I talk like Gordon Ramsey.  As I mentioned in the blurb on the top 20 catchers, Jorge hits the ball Al-FAR-o.  Get it?!  Goddamn you people, why don’t you get my puns!  You did get it?  Oh, then my bad about yelling.  Alfaro averaged 420 feet on his home runs, so I don’t think the Stadium That A Unicorn Puked Up in Miami is going to hurt him at all.  In fact (Grey’s got more!), it could help him because who else are the Mehlins hitting in a prime spot in the lineup?  Brian Anderson?  He’s about as exciting as his Wonder Bread name.  I didn’t change my Alfaro projections in the top 20 catchers, but, if I were, I’d make them more optimistic.  Honestly, guys and five girl readers, the one thing I really want from my catcher is at-bats, and Alfaro is about to get him some.  Anime Grey also goes over Alfaro and Realmuto in the catchers’ video:

Curtis Granderson – Signed by the Mehlins, and is projected to hit against righties at or near the top of the lineup.  Granderson is just another piece of the RemnanMets the Marlins, apparently, needed.  Hey, when you want to finish in 2nd place in the NL East, eight games out of 1st, how else would you go about doing it but assembling the exact same team.  I didn’t rank or project Granderson, because, BLEH, but Rudy’s 12-team auction values have him ranked 1184th overall, so, ya know, if your league’s deep enough.

Neil Walker – Signed with the Mehlins too.  If the Marlins can get their hands on Lucas Duda, watch out!  On those same 12-team auction values, Walker’s ranked 1111th.  So, again, depends on size of league.

Sergio Romo – Signed with the Marlins.  When the Marlins are the most active club signing people, you need to reevaluate everything, including those Crocs you have on.  Romo saved 25 games for the other Florida team last year.  No, not the Palm Beach Pelotas of the Jai Alai league, I mean the Rays.  As much as I prefer not to add Romo into my top 500 and tell you to draft him, he has at least a 50% chance of saves, so he was added and projected.  Mattingly has also said he won’t name a closer this year.  No word if it’s just because he can’t remember names.

Francisco Lindor – Placed on the 7-9 weeks on the Injured List.   Lindor is out seven to nine weeks with a calf strain, as of February 8th.  Let’s see the season starts on March 20th, but that’s only for two teams, then the real season starts two weeks after that, then Lindor’s injury is seven to nine weeks from Feb. 8th and if the train is going 175 MPH from Akron to Cleveland that takes us to Lindor returning on… Where’s my calendar?!  I subtracted 80 at-bats from his stat line, and a calf strain is worrisome with steals, at least in the early part of the season and moved him in the top 10 for 2019 fantasy baseball.

Mychal GivensOrioles said they might not name a closer this year.  When asked who they have that can close games besides Givens, the O’s said, “Look a birdie,” as they pointed at a ball cap, then ran out of the room

Carlos Martinez – Will need two weeks of strengthen his shoulder before throwing, and had one of those ‘encouraging MRIs.’  Praise be.  I moved C-Mart down to the top 60 starters from 2019 fantasy baseball, and removed about 60 IP from his projections.  Dude’s a schmohawk and I’m not sure how I was so bamboozled.  I’m still in at a cheaper price, but barely.

Corbin Burnes – This has nothing to do with nothing, or not from nothing, as my mom says, but I’ve seen some heat on Burnes, and his heat, and he’s on my radar for potentially adding into my top 100 starters. Steamer pitcher projections show him at a 5-5/4.53/1.41/76 in 84 2/3 IP, and he has no current spot in the Brewers’ rotation, so I’m holding firm for now, but he’s on my radar.

Mike Moustakas – Signed a deal with the Brewers to play 2nd base, keep Travis Shaw at 3rd base and Keston Hiura will aim for a Triple-A Triple Crown.  This reminds me of a famous quote said by Keston Hiura after every Brewers signing of the last 18 months, “What does this mean for me?”  Well put, Keston.  Or rather ‘stay put.’  This doesn’t change much from my top 20 3rd basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball rankings.  Moustakas will once again be in a solid lineup in a solid park and should flirt with 100 ribbies like he’s Pablo Sandoval at a ribs buffet.  “Hello, what are all of your names?”  That’s Sandoval flirting at a 100 ribbies.

Yangervis Solarte – Signed a minor league deal with the Giants.  Cleverly, no one reported which Giants…San Fran?  New York?  Jolly Green?  Once we hear at Razzball HQ, we will pass it on to you.

Cameron Maybin – Signed a minor league deal with the Giants.  Before you scoff at the Giants’ moves, they’re making a run for the basement, and you live in our mother’s basement, so show them some respect.  Imagine being rumored to signing Bryce Harper and, instead, signing Yangervis and Maybin.  That’s like ordering a private detective movie off Amazon Prime, and instead getting a pic of Bezo’s junk.  You when it arrives, “Well, I did order a private dick pic.”

Gerardo Parra – Signed with the Giants.  Parra’s nickname should be The Prospblock.  Everywhere he goes he shuts down optimism for any rookie playing time.  Or call him Gerardo Porque, as in Gerardo WHY?!  Last year in Coors, he was only able to go 6/11/.284 in 142 games, so I don’t have high hopes for him in San Fran, and am reluctant to even include him in my top 100 outfielders.

Mark MelanconGiants said they won’t announce a closer for a few weeks.  Right now, my projections have Will Smith as the head of the Giants’ closer committee, but they have all the makings of a closerousel that will have me shizzposting all year.  Bochy and his ginormous head are the types to go with Melancon over the logical choice of Smith.  Maybe Will Smith will be traded to the Royals:

Nick Senzel – The Reds said Senzel has the lead on the Reds’ CF job.  You couldn’t hear it but I just had a boing in my pants.  In my top 20 3rd basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball, I’ve moved him way up the rankings, while not changing his projections yet.  As they say at The Stanley Hotel, it’s a hedge.

Jesse Winker – Reds said they expect to get Winker 500 ABs.  I’m not taking them at their word just yet, because that means Matt Kemp just won’t play much, which sounds crazy to me in this godforsaken land of the MLB where upside never plays and old/boring always does.  I’m over here flinching at good news like MLB has damaged my self-esteem.  Either way, Winker was moved into the top 80 outfielders for 2019 fantasy baseball.

Derek Dietrich – Signed a minor league deal with the Reds.  MLB owners are shopping like I do at the supermarket:  The olive bar is $12.99/lb, but, if you put it in a salad bar container, they only charge you $7.99/lb.

Melky Cabrera – Signed with the Pirates to a minor league deal.  Melky’s gonna fit right in, because he’s had pirated cable for the last three years.  One side note that’s unrelated but Melky reminded me, you hear about this talk of a DH in the NL?  I’m fine with it, doesn’t really bother me, but have you seen some of the lineups across the majors?  Most teams would be better off if they removed the DH vs. added it in.  The Pirates’ cleanup hitter currently is Francisco Cervelli!  Last year I made a bet that no one on the Pirates would hit 20 homers.  I’m gonna double or nothing this bet.  That lineup is such garbage.

Francisco Liriano – Signed a minors deal with the Pirates.  That keeps the Pirates just $126 million under the luxury tax.  Whew.  Close call.

Shohei Ohtani – Ausmus said of Ohtani’s return, “Why don’t you eat a little, you’re getting so skinny.”  Sorry, I’m conflating Brad Ausmus with my dead Jewish grandmother.  Won’t happen again!  Ohtani’s not supposed to return until May, so I dropped him out of my top 100 for 2019 fantasy baseball, and into the top 500 for 2019 fantasy baseball, removing about 100 ABs from him.

Brad Boxberger – Signed with the Royals.  Kiss your “Wily Peralta as closer” pendants goodbye.  Hehe, you just kissed a Wily.  It’s cool, I won’t send you to conversion therapy.  One love!  Especially for you.  Ned Yost said he doesn’t expect to name a closer going into the season, but I’m pegging Boxberger, and have projected him as such in the top 500 for 2019 fantasy baseball.

Jeremy Hellickson – Re-signed with the Nats.  That’s a bit problematic for my rankings.  Not as problematic as something called the “Disabled List.”  Yikes, MLB!  What are you thinking?!

Anyhoodle! Hellickson’s signing is problematic for my top 100 starters because I had Joe Ross as the Nats’ 5th starter and didn’t rank Hellickson. I’m still not ranking Hellickson since his projected K/9 is 6 and his xFIP is 4.80, but this does throw a bit of cold water on Joe Ross. I might knock him down at some point, but for now I’m holding tight.

Hunter Pence – Signed with the Rangers.  Pence is a native of Arlington, Texas.  *Googles what types of birds fly home to die*  Google results:  Gangly Manbirds.

Devin Mesoraco – Re-signed with the Mets.  Mesoraco is such an ugly signing.  He’s not great at baseball either.

Zack Britton – He changed his name from Zach to Zack.  Leave it to a Britton to be a total teabag.

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Crazy J
Crazy J
3 years ago

How come they, you know… always leave out the, you know… “you knows” when quoting Manny Machado, you know… talking?

Desmond
Desmond
3 years ago

Be interested in your thoughts on my NFBC team – draft and hold, 15 teamer. I’m liking my hitting but thinking I could be light on pitching, saves being a particular area of concern.

C – McCann, Kelly
INF – Freeman, Rizzo, Hernandez, Escobar, Shaw, Asdrubal Cabrera
OF – Yelich, Rosario, Robles, Laureano, Markakis
UT – Palka
Bench – Pujols, Panik, DeShields, some more blergh and a few prospects (Nate Lowe, Riley, Alvarez…)
SP – Clevinger, Greinke, Hendricks, Tanaka, Sonny Gray, Wacha
RP – Seranthony, Morrow, Minter, Betances
Bench – Toussaint, Peacock, Caleb Smith, Chatwood and more blergh.

Desmond
Desmond
Reply to  Desmond
3 years ago

@Desmond: Wrong post – thought it was today’s

Bobby
Bobby
3 years ago

In a standard 12-team mixed Yahoo roto league. I can only keep 5 – who would you keep? (I swear all of these players are on my team; I wish I could keep them all)

Betts
Soto
Merrifield
Blackmon
Snell
Bauer
Flaherty
Taillon
Severino

Big league choo
Big league choo
3 years ago

10 team dynasty H2H 5×5 OBP

1)Trade my Hoskins/bader for Giancarlo

2)My Hoskins for tatis jr and ryu

Prefer deal 2 or 1? I’m leaning towards no.2.

CI Goldy, muncy, Rendon, Hoskins, Alonso, gorman
MI Villar, cano, adames, madrigal
OF Soto, marte, Puig, pollock, bader, laureano, meadows, adell, alvarez

Speill
Speill
3 years ago

Hi Grey. I realize Macho’s value has dropped a bit but he’s still a top 15 in my mind. There’s a guy shopping him around in my league. At $27 I think he’s valued right. I’m offering him Suarez $6 and Merrifield $15 for him. I think I’m still all in with him with a slight down tick in production. What do you think. Thanks

florida jack
florida jack
3 years ago

16 team keeper h2h points which side, please, league slightly favors pitchers

hoskins, severino, hampson

dahl, mazara, corey seager

thanks

Curious George
Curious George
3 years ago

h2h cats 10 team and I’m last pick. 5 OF, 1, 2, 3, SS, CI, MI, C, UTL. I am keeping Acuna in the 8th, Soto in the 23rd, and Vlad in the 24th. If Machado, Turner, Lindor, Bregman, Yelich, and Degrom are available, which 2 do you take? Do you buy into position scarcity with me having two high quality OF and go SS/SP? Our buy top talent regardless?

Barker
Barker
3 years ago

Need to keep 3 in a 12 team league
Player kept in rd drafted previous year
Pretty sure Bauer and Baez are locks. Who is the 3rd??

Harper 1st
Rendon 4th
Khris Davis 7th
Upton 5th
Bauer 14th
Baez 15th
Hand 9th
Soto 10th
Correa 2nd

Barker
Barker
3 years ago

Need to keep 3 in a 12 team league
Player kept in rd drafted previous year
Pretty sure Bauer and Baez are locks. Who is the 3rd?

Harper 1st
Rendon 4th
Khris Davis 7th
Upton 5th
Bauer 14th
Baez 15th
Hand 9th
Soto 10th
Correa 2nd

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
3 years ago

Cespedas and Gregory Polanco for Votto. Forever 6 x 6 roto keeper. Extra cats OBP and QS. Which side?

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:
Cool. Thanks, man

Furry Fragments
Furry Fragments
3 years ago

Grey,

I have the 4 pick in my Roto league. I’m going with Acuña if number 3 doesn’t take him. If he’s not available, would you go with Yelich or Turner instead?

R W
R W
3 years ago

Grey, curious why the few established closers are not worth more if more and more teams are moving to committees? I waited on closers the last couple years and got killed because the less dominant/consistent closers, seem to have that one blowup game each week that ruins your ERA/WHIP rations, and half the guys get traded at the deadline to become some other teams 8th inning setup man.

Dave D
Dave D
3 years ago

Btw, I think your rank on Ohtani is fair but his ADP has definitely turned more into a value position. He’s going about 190 the last ten drafts and went as low as 307 in one. I think there may be an over-correction going on. He went 22-10-.285 in 367 PAs over 104 games last year. I think once he comes back and sees more consistent at-bats he has no problem besting those numbers. The guy is a beast.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: wouldn’t it be hilarious if they put up nearly identical numbers except Ohtani steals a dozen or more bags and is dratfed 10-11 rounds later?
Seems very possible to me.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

Yeah, I listened to your podcast. I think you are 100% correct on him. He would have to make the team on day one and be 2001 Albert Pujols to provide upside on his 41 ADP. I mean why would anyone in the world draft him above Rendon? Makes no sense to me. I think you’re right about the Acuña regret being a motivator. What else could explain it?

Braves UK
Braves UK
3 years ago

Hey Grey,

Doing my first keeper league after a few years of standard roto.

Have taken over a bottom place rebuilder but shallow league so hope to climb fairly quickly.

10 team roto with OBP not avg . Keep up to 10 players (and their prices) before spending the rest at a $260 auction draft.

I’ve inherited 3 DH’s.. Which of these would you keep this year at these prices(you can say none!)
Khris Davis – $27
Nelson Cruz – $20
Shohei Ohtani – $17

Thanks!

Braves UK
Braves UK
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: I know, not ideal! Thanks as always Grey

Big league choo
Big league choo
3 years ago

10 team H2H dynasty 5×5 OBP

Hoskins/Villar or Giancarlo/segura

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

I HATE what that Glasnow story is doing for his ADP. Over six drafts in three days since news about him has ADP up to 151 with a range of 133-166. Not a huge bump but problematic given the other SPs I want 150-165ish. I got him 160 this past Friday fortunately.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

Yup. It’ll be interesting in October to compare teams drafted at dofferent stages of offseason .

ichirosan
ichirosan
3 years ago

Hi Grey,

16 man H2H dynasty league 6×6 (OPS +QS)… Trade Kris Bryant + Adalberto Mondesi for Trea Turner + Jameson Taillon?

bigbear
bigbear
3 years ago

Does Billy Hamilton have more value off the bench than as a starting CF? If they use him like they did his first year, I think so. No AVG drain. Still get the SB and the occasional R too. Especially in roto where he can be played on a bye and not take a game start from the position.

I’m in on Laureano now too. He’s a Treat-lite. Great speed and solid power? Yes please!

C-Mart is the K-Mart of bargain hunting… Blue light specials, layaway plans, foreclosures, and lurkers in large women necessities…

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
3 years ago

Coronado Machado

NJW
NJW
3 years ago

Grey,

Good stuff as always. Where do you see yourself being “in” on Carlos Martinez now? Are we talking 200+ overall now?

Am I crazy to think that this could lead to him ending up as a closer again this year?

NJW
NJW
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Thank you, found him. Didn’t realize you had already updated him – you’re quick!

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  NJW
3 years ago

@NJW:

I would say Brebbia has a far better chance of becoming closer than C. Mart, and that’s not so say I believe he will. It’s rare that I think Grey is smoking a glass-pipe while blogging, but occasionally I believe he may be doing Tony Phillips-in-a-hotel room-impersonations. I would recommend going to Sutter’s Mill and buying gold panning supplies before drafting C. Mart with the expectation that he may become closer. If you do and strike gold feel free to use the proceeds to create your own rap video mocking my prognostications.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Yes, that’s why my comment was in response to NJW. If there’s anything I’ve learned from you, dear Grey, it’s to follow and express my own dispassion for a player despite the adversity and, better yet, amplify it with vitriolic prose bordering on poetry. Or something like that.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

He has a better shot at 10 months in the pen, and that ain’t no bull in my pun.

NJW
NJW
Reply to  Dave D
3 years ago

@Dave D: I’m never big on closers anyways, and certainly not speculative ones. I’m off C. Mart with the recent news for sure.

The point of speculating about him ending up as a closer is only to say that he moves from a top 30-40 SP (and maybe a top 100 player) to a borderline undraftable one.

Dave D
Dave D
3 years ago

When I saw your Carlos Martinez rankings It was like seeing your Achilles’ heel. The mortal weakness of a great warrior was on full display. I quietly murmured. Luckily this news came out before your drafts. That guy is bad news. Just sayin. Undraftable for me. Danny Salazar is a cheaper waste of a draft pick but the same thing. I feel the same about those guys as you clearly do about Danny Duffy. For good reason. Not worth the investment to me any standard format. It’s also why I’m wary of Skaggs despite of his clear ability in the fleeting moments of health he experiences from time to time. They all bear a striking similarity to Samuel Jackson’s character in Unbreakable. Thats my ultra rare reference to film.

As far as Manny is concerned, I think we can throw out the book on him. I could see this going the opposite direction and he gets pumped up and hits 45 homers with 20 steals. I’m not saying he will, but as you noted, look at what he has done in a crappy line-up before. He can go on a run like he did at the end of the year in 2015, the last time I owned him. He basically carried a team of mine to victory with a year end surge. I’m not bumping him down in my book. I think he will be pumped up and ready to prove he’s worth the $$$ if I’m a good judge of character and he remains 100% healthy.

Ryan741
Ryan741
3 years ago

Grey, trade question in a points league. I am looking to trade one of my keeper SP for a keeper bat. Who of these guys do you feel the “safest” with right now between Lindor, Judge, Machado, Hoskins and Bryant? I would need to trade Nola to get Lindor, Judge or Machado, but I could trade a little less, like Severino and get either Hoskins or Bryant, plus I could likely get a decent draft pick back if I got Hoskins or Bryant. Right now I feel like Judge is the best bet, but I’m torn. Thanks for all of your help!

Dynasty Noob
Dynasty Noob
3 years ago

Grey in a dynasty league which side are you taking and how close? Thanks

Cole or Stras & Whitley?
I feel I’d have to say Cole side but the Forrest side interests me….

Acuna for Life
Acuna for Life
3 years ago

Grey, trade question in a points league. I am looking to trade one of my keeper SP for a keeper bat. Who of these guys do you feel the “safest” with right now between Lindor, Judge, Machado, Hoskins and Bryant? I would need to trade Nola to get Lindor, Judge or Machado, but I could trade a little less, like Severino and get either Hoskins or Bryant, plus I could likely get a decent draft pick back if I got Hoskins or Bryant. Right now I feel like Judge is the best bet, but I’m torn. Thanks for all of your help!

Acuna for life
Acuna for life
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey sorry for the question showing up 3 times, for some reason it wasn’t showing up on my browser.

Acuna for life
Acuna for life
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey the owner of Lindor also has Bregman and decided to offer up either of them for Nola. Would you take Bregman ahead Lindor and Machado?

Skip Mcgillicuddy
Skip Mcgillicuddy
3 years ago

Another trade question, the stove in my league is hot. 12 keeper 12 team
Severino for Dahl, Whitley, 1st round pick (13th round)

Dan B
Dan B
3 years ago

Grey, trade question in a points league. I am looking to trade one of my keeper SP for a keeper bat. Who of these guys do you feel the “safest” with right now between Lindor, Judge, Machado, Hoskins and Bryant? I would need to trade Nola to get Lindor, Judge or Machado, but I could trade a little less, like Severino and get either Hoskins or Bryant, plus I could likely get a decent draft pick back if I got Hoskins or Bryant. Right now I feel like Judge is the best bet, but I’m torn. Thanks for all of your help!

Dan
Dan
3 years ago

Grey, trade question in a points league. Who do yo feel is the “safest” trade target between Judge, Lindor, Machado and Hoskins? I would need to trade Nola for any of the first 3, or I could Hoskins for less, say like Severino or Bieber/draft pick. Right now I feel like Judge has the least concerns, especially with how HR heavy our league is as far as points go….

Andrew
Andrew
3 years ago

Hi Grey-

Happy new season! Got saddled with the 3rd pick in my 12-team H2H Categories Keeper league. Was pumped to be able to grab Lindor, but then he went and hurt himself. Now im really struggling with who to take.

Ronnie, Yelich, Baez, and Bregman are being kept. As of now im planning to keep Snell, Buehler, Flaherty, Albies (all last rd keepers) and either Rendon (5th rd), Segura (7th rd), or Haniger (last rd). The last keeper spot depends on who I decide to grab at 3.

What say you oh Grey(t) one?

Andrew
Andrew
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: I probably should’ve clarified. “Ronnie, Yelich, Baez, and Bregman are being kept” by other teams. My 5 keepers are:

Snell, Buehler, Flaherty, Albies (all last rd keepers) and either Rendon (5th rd), Segura (7th rd), or Haniger (last rd)

I was wondering who you would take at 3 with those top guys already off the board and assuming Trout and Mookie go 1, 2.

Based on your Top 10, I should take Turner. But would it be better to keep Segura in the 7th and take someone else at 3?

abmsports23
abmsports23
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: If Yelich doesn’t end up being kept, should I take him over Turner? Or stick with the Turner, Rendon, Victory plan?

Skip Mcgillicuddy
Skip Mcgillicuddy
3 years ago

Which side you taking in a points league:
Correa/Sev or Soto/Chapman

Skip Mcgillicuddy
Skip Mcgillicuddy
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Matt chapman, my fault

florida jack
florida jack
3 years ago

thanks for the great ad free option, signed up immediately.

anyone coming to florida, i have great seats at every yankee and tiger game, if anyone would like to meet up.

Chucky
Chucky
3 years ago

How, if at all, do you anticipate this relates to Tatis’ potential call up, Super Two notwithstanding? Having Manny in their lineup, Id assume the Pads want to get as much talent around him, as soon as possible, to take advantage of that $300 million dollar investment.

Chucky
Chucky
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Does that mean Tatis gets the call in 2019 instead of 2020? Providing he’s ready of course

Whatevs
Whatevs
3 years ago

So Grey, in my keeper league I traded Bryce who I could not keep for Machado as the other owner could not keep him either figuring he would go to at least a decent contender with a decent lineup. Now that I took my head out of the oven and did not light the match, what should I do with extending Machado?

His current contract is 21 bucks and add on 5 bucks for every year I extend him. How many years would you extend the Machado By The Sea?

Thanks.

bananafactory
bananafactory
3 years ago

help with keepers please, keep 14 out of these forever, OBP/TB and QS/L added

Stanton
Goldschmidt
Harper
Bogaerts
Seager
Rosario
Pollock
Villar
Andujar
Mazara
Pollock
Moncada
Grandal

Scherzer
Carrasco
Bauer
Corbin
Hand
Wood
Sheffield

bananafactory
bananafactory
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: thanks! Moncada was my guy for a long time, sad to see him go but I got Villar for free so he’s basically what I wanted out of Moncada so….. bye, mon

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
3 years ago

My favorite ad on the site was “Get the breasts you’ve always wanted”

Flippity Flip Flip
Flippity Flip Flip
3 years ago

Grey,

Would you take Machado or Bregman towards the end of the first round?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
3 years ago

I’ll pay for the Ad Free version if it also blocks all Tehol posts .

Ryan741
Ryan741
3 years ago

Grey, trade question in a points keeper league. Looking to trade for another keeper bat, and I have offers for my Nola (12th round keep) for Lindor (10th round) or also was offered Machado (7th round keep) for Sev (12th) or Flaherty (13th) plus receive some extra compensation as far as getting an additional early round draft pick along with Machado. All things considered, would you prefer Manny or Lindor? Thanks!

chicitysox23
chicitysox23
3 years ago

I have Tim Anderson as one of my keepers. I pick 3rd and 5th in the first round. My plan was to take Yelich at 3 and Manny at 5. With his 3rd and SS eligibility, I liked the flexibility that gave me in taking the best bats in my next few picks. Ideally, I want to get Rendon in my next few picks.

With Manny now going to SD, do you see his numbers changing much? Would it be a stretch to take Arenado at 5 instead?

Hot Rod
3 years ago

Currently enjoying that special feeling of simultaneously rocking out to Greta van Fleet while nerding out to the War Room excel spreadsheet…

This will likely see public release early next week on Razz.

If you are in an early-bird league drafting *this weekend*, desperate for some Excel magic, and don’t mind using it without all features finalized (like updated war room tiers) email to plead your case, jimmybond009 at gmail.com, and maybe you can help do some beta testing for bugs during your draft. :) (caveat emptor!)

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Hot Rod
3 years ago

@Hot Rod:
Thanks Rod

JB
JB
Reply to  Hot Rod
3 years ago

@Hot Rod: Great news! Best draft tool ever!

Woolly the Mammoth
Woolly the Mammoth
3 years ago

Now that Machado and Moustakas signed elsewhere, does Maikel Franco have a stable starting gig in Philly? How far does he move up the rankings?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
3 years ago

My Dad the Padre fan, his only comment was of course “I hope he cleans up his attitude.”

Chris D
Chris D
3 years ago

Good morning Grey,

So yesterday I asked you about a dynasty trade in which I trade Luis Robert for either Pollock or Cain as backup OF (you recommend a hold, but it also turns out the guy wanted waaayyy more for one of them which I wasn’t comfortable with or think was really fair)

So today I was able to flip Andrelton Simmons for Mazara and a third rd pick (highway robbery). I haven’t found anything, but has there been any talk of Mazara correcting his swing and working more towards elevating balls? I think he still has a ton of potential but needs a few tweaks. My Mazara Analysis is this:

BB rate is wack
K rate is high
Didn’t get unlucky with BABIP
96 wRC+ is a joke
Hard Ball hit rate was solid.
Exit velo was okay

I love him as buy low in a dynasty (especially as my backup who I don’t have to play), but it just seems weird he’s been doing this for 3 years and we haven’t seen a change in his game. Do you think he has what it takes to become a more tier 2 type guy than a lower tier player?

Thanks Grey!

lingeron
3 years ago

I just signed up for the no ad option. It’s a beautiful feeling to be Razzball Ad Free for the entire season!

Great idea!

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
3 years ago

Ad free Razzball? That’s most of the charm of visiting here

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: I’ll miss the “you won’t believe what this beloved 90s star looks like now!” but won’t miss “congrats you’ve won! Let me make you close the browser!”

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: she’s got a great baking box subscription service now!

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: 80% are Bubly ads, the other 20% are ads featuring a shirtless Seth Lugo for a manscaping tool

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: If being aroused by Seth and enjoying a crisp Bubly is wrong, I don’t want to be right

El Sesõr
El Sesõr
3 years ago

As of right now, would you take Machado or Bregman?

El Sesõr
El Sesõr
Reply to  El Sesõr
3 years ago

@Grey

Brett Johnson
Brett Johnson
Reply to  El Sesõr
3 years ago

@El Sesõr: I’m guessing the guy he has ranked higher…Bregman

Tom
Tom
3 years ago

Hey Grey,
In a 12 team league keeping 6 players …. would you deal benintendi for snell?

Lee
Lee
3 years ago

Hey Grey. Sorry for long post! The SD signing really put a damper on my plans. 10 teams H2H 8 x 8 with xbh, BB and K’s are extra 3 offensive. keeping baez (at 2B), benintendi, segura, andujar and cole. Have 6th pick in draft. I was 100% sure on taking Manny now not so sure. Who do I aim for? Yellich, acuna and bregman are being kept and i am throwing out any chance of Trout and mookie being there at 6. Based on the top 10 i have turner, arrenado, manny, lindor. Keeping segura in 6th round and andujar in 14th also hurts here. Manny has the dual eligibility at least and andujarcan go to Ut. I dont love the idea of having 2 flat out SS or 3rd so early but want to hear your thoughts. Other altertaives are freeman, goldy, Stanton. Can also not keep Segura and try for turner and get a 6th round pick back. If i didnt get turner id have manny anyway and my 6th round pick would be worse than segura based on 50 keepers. Also 2nd round looks like ill have a choice of rizzo, bryant, and hoskins. In the extra 3 category format, is rizzo a better pick then hoskins if i need a 1st baseman there? Thank you!

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
3 years ago

Desmond / Lucchessi or MChapman Dozier

who you like more in a k/9 qs, obp slg keeper?

thanks Grey

Packers
Packers
3 years ago

I have a similar question as Frank. In a 12 team roto redraft I have the 2nd pick with OPS added as a 6th hitting category. 6×5 league.
My options may be:
Betts at 2
Hoskins, Rizzo or Bellinger at 23 Belly and Hoskins have 1B eligibility.
Rendon at 26
SP or Mondesi at 47
Boegarts or Segura or SP at 50 depending if I get Mondesi.
Do you think that is a good plan? Have to jump Rendon as he most likely won’t make it back.
Seems like another option is a SP with the 26th pick then 2 bats at 47 and 50.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
3 years ago

Love the add free option! Just purchased (I think!).

When should we expect to see the ads removed?

Thanks!

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
3 years ago

@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: it’s fixed now. was a glitch this morning w/ the $9.99 ad-free w/ no tools version.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Rudy Gamble
3 years ago

@Rudy Gamble: thanks, works now!

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
3 years ago

great!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: would rather give you guys my $$$ directly! Though for the life of me, I don’t know what I’ll do without “This growth will give you nightmares!” ads.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: positive bonus benefit – my login is working again so I don’t gave to keep typing in my email and username each post!

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
3 years ago

I get $300mm but why Machado is going have a tough time living up to that kind money on that roster he is not really the face of a team and leader of men.

I’m glad the Phillies did’nt pay that kind of money for him all the bat throwing, heal spiking, bad boy, no charley hustle stuff is too much to bank on. Worth the risk and 240mm but i don’t know about 300.

Love to have that big left handed bat and it seems like what they need but I don’t know if want the Phil’s to get Harper at $330. Nah……pay the man and sell the seats

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

This team is built for him…… they raised the expectations they have to pay for him now.
next years crop of free agents will only cost more and be older.

Boras is playing up phantom offers its going cost them $340 i bet.

JM
JM
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Or $325,000,001 to beat Stanton’s deal…

Crime Dog
Crime Dog
3 years ago

For option 1, Grey comes to your house and does shizz for you on your computer. Does he show up in the planet sexy hump hump mobile?

Frank Rizzo
Frank Rizzo
3 years ago

Was planning to ask if your feelings had changed on Carlos Martinez because I don’t think I want any part of him unless he becomes the closer. I see they have changed.

I’ve been doing a lot of mock drafts, picking out of the 2nd spot in a Yahoo 10 team H2H 5×5 league. If I end up with Betts, Mondesi, and Hoskins is that okay? Feel like I’m punting BA already if I go that route.

JM
JM
Reply to  Frank Rizzo
3 years ago

@Frank Rizzo: Unless you’re in a league full of Razz-readers, I can’t imagine you’d need to spend a 2nd round pick on Mondesi in a 10-team league…

Tom
Tom
3 years ago

Grey!!!!!
In a 12 team 6 keeper league….. would you trade benintendi for snell straight up? What are your projections for both ?

Mike L
Mike L
Reply to  Tom
3 years ago

@Tom: Yes

phennore
phennore
3 years ago

Keeper question. 16-team 5×5 keeper league with $260 cap. We can keep up to 5 hitters. Which 5 would you keep?

Machado – $35
Benintendi – $16
Hoskins – $20
David Peralta = $9
Matt Chapman – $10
Vicotr Robles – $13
Inciarte = $22
Jose Peraza – $21
Ketel Marte = $10
Cesear Hernandez – $9

Before Machado signed, I was thinking Machado, Benitendi,Robles,Hoskins,Peralta but now I’m not so sure about Machado.

Thanks,

Squat Cobblers
Squat Cobblers
3 years ago

Solarte “Signed a minor league deal with the Giants”…I’m guessing…Yomiuri?

Good stuff Greyhound! (Sorry)

Hebrew Hammer
Hebrew Hammer
3 years ago

Not a Manny (Machado) fan. I do miss other Manny’s and their spring training trycicle entrances.

Anyways, 16 team keeper league

Offer 1: Flaherty and Winker for Ohtani. (i do need SP and outfield flexibility)

Offer 2: David Dahl straight up for Forrest Whitley. (Whitley my only SP prospect, but i need bats)

Not sure if i seek more for Ohtani? Hold?

Also, damn our commissioner by adding 5minor league spots. Whitley fot Dahl fine?

Thank you, look forward to your articles this season.

Hebrew Hammer
Hebrew Hammer
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

Thankyou sir.

Scott
Scott
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: hey Grey, long time listener, first time poster. Was wondering how you think yay-hoo will deal with Ohtani(SP) as far as DL goes? If he’s hitting is he off the DL as a pitcher? Thanks for any input.

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
3 years ago

Grey!!!!

Great update.

a. Some interesting info like Senzel and Winker updates. So what? They’re going to package SupaSta and Puig back to LA? How are they going to get all those players 500 ABs? It’s not monopoly!

b. The best John Lennon quote of the day for February 20

I was pointing out that in fact in reference to England that we meant more to England than Jesus did or religion AT THAT TIME. I wasn’t knocking it or putting it down. I was just saying the fact that it’s true more in England than it is here. I’m not saying we’re better or greater or comparing us with Jesus Christ or God as a thing or whatever it is. You know, I just said what I said and it was wrong. Maybe I should have said that television is greater than Jesus, I might have gotten away with it!

c. Subdued Norm MacDonald quote of the day for February 20

1. We all know that the Swiss are officially neutral. Unofficially, however, they’re filthy sons of bitches.

2. I can prove God exists, if I can just find that damn receipt from our brunch in Heaven.

3. We could nip March Madness in the butt if we watch for the warning signs of brooding anti-social February Fever.

4. Lindsay Lohan can’t swim well but she sure as hell knows every dive in town.

5. President Obama continues to shamelessly wage class warfare. Today he announced a steep new tax on shiny top hats!

6. I don’t know if this counts as an NCAA Cinderella story but one of the Marquette players said he had help making his uniform from a bunch of singing mice and birds.

Cheers,
Ante

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Grey!!!

Thanks, man.

a. The story behind the title Hard Day’s night? They were working on all night long trying to come up with something, failed and then as they go outside Ringo says…Hard day’s night and it stuck.

b. I ran out of quotes from SNL season 20 and have now dipped into Norm MacDonald live from 2013. So, the Lohan one is more recent than you thought. Sorry for trying to pull the wool over your eyes!

c. I was offered Segura and Treinen for my Snell and C-Mart (before the shoulder setback) in a H2H, redraft, mixed points league. It’s insulting right? Snell was top 10 in that format last year, don’t think he’ll be anything less this year.

Cheers,
Ante

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Grey!!

a. They’re from the jokes near the end of each episode. I had to remove many, many of them because some of them are really beyond reproach. He was experimenting I guess but this is not the time for experimentation, here and now.

b. Could you please rank the following TV series in order of which ones you liked the best, if any? If you didn’t like it, leave it out of the ranking. Thanks in advance.

1. The Handmaid’s Tale
2. The Crown
3. Ozark
4. Mindhunter
5. Homecoming
6. The Little Drummer Girl
7. Killing Eve
8. Big Little Lies
9. Body Guard
10. Sharp Objects

I’ve seen some and would be interested on your take.

Cheers,
Ante

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Grey!

I like 6 a lot and have seen 7, 8 and 9. Half way through 10, pretty depressing. I’ll get on 3, 4, 2 ASAP. Gomorra, have seen. Not sure if my wife would go for it. I’m a little gun shy after I downloaded all 5 seasons of the Wire only to have my wife say NYET after the 10 minute mark of the 1st (!!) episode of season 1!!!

Cheers,
Ante

Dubs23
Dubs23
3 years ago

At this point am I trading my $44 Machado for a $29 Rendon if I can or do I let it ride? I’ve already budgeted for Machado.

Dubs23
Dubs23
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: 12 team mixed 6X6 with OPS and QS.

M
M
3 years ago

Do you like Corbin Burnes or Brandon Woodruff more if they get a rotation spot?

Mantis Toboggan MD
Mantis Toboggan MD
3 years ago

is that serious on britton (i guess so). man that’s odd.

Nick
Nick
3 years ago

Hi Grey,

can’t wait for the season to begin

please advice for my ESPN keeper Team #1
(15 keepers)

1. Trea Turner SS
2. Manny Machado SS
3. Bryce Harper OF
4. Albies 2B
5. Krush Davis Util
6. Eddie Rosario OF
7. Chris Sale SP
8. Gerrit Cole SP
9. Trevor Bauer SP
10. Carrasco SP
11. Treinen RP
12. Felipe Vasquez RP

Who would be the last 3 ?

1B Abreu
1B Encarnacion
OF Justin Upton
OF Puig
RP Hand
Others of consideration?
C. there’s no C ! W Ramos
3B Will Myers
RP Hader

i’m leaning toward Abreu/Puig/Hand

i’ll need to focus on a 3B at draft time: Machado is not eligible in ESPN
but no sexy options on the wire yet

Jr
Jr
Reply to  Nick
3 years ago

@Nick: Machado should have 3B eligibility a week or two into the season.

Mantis Toboggan MD
Mantis Toboggan MD
3 years ago

didn’t you specifically earlier in the preseason say machado doesn’t change much where ever he goes (unless the obvious like COL and WSOX/PHI would’ve been better than average parks for hitting of course), but now it’s
“I’m now way more tentative on him”

i get that the park is worse, but LAD park is probably about the same (lineup better though). i don’t know of course just how much down he was moved, maybe it wasn’t much.

Matt
Matt
3 years ago

Orioles don’t need to name a closer, because they plan to go 0-162.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Matt
3 years ago

@Matt:
Well, at least they have a plan.