Marcell Ozuna was traded to the Cards, because the Marlins only had him under control until the end of 2019, and the Marlins are playing for 2022.  Then, in 2023, the Marlins will be playing for 2042.  Seriously, what the eff are the Marlins doing?  I understand trying to get younger, but they’re trading guys who are young.  It’s not like they’re moving Martin Prado.  Maybe having a guy who discarded women when they reached the age of 22 isn’t the best idea to run a club.  Jeter continues to view 27-year-olds as ancient.  Hey, Jeter, you’re not unloading Minka Kelly here, you’re unloading Jessica Biel.  With the extra Wild Card, I’ll never understand slashing an entire team.  Before the selling spree, the Marlins were literally two players away from a Wild Card berth.  Now, they’re five years away.  Madness, man, madness.  Any hoo!  Marcell Ozuna averaged 413 feet on his home runs last year, because OZUNA strong.  If you overlay his home runs last year with his new park, he keeps his 37 homers and gains an extra one.  It’s more or less a push in the Busch.  OZUNA love Busch, it is OZUNA favorite type of hedge, much better hedge than saying someone will be president next year without saying a name.  For 2018, I’ll give Ozuna the projections of 101/35/106/.278/1 in 607 ABs.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this offseason in fantasy baseball:

Luke Gregerson – Signed with the Cards.  Whether you love them or not you have to love the Cards’ moves, so, I guess, you have to love them.  Tricked ya!  For now, Gregerson will back up Tyler Lyons, but I could see him getting saves.  Luke Gregerson’s 2018 projections are 5-3/3.14/1.18/65, 6 saves in 57 IP.

Drew Smyly – Signed by Cubs.  He’s not due back from Tommy John surgery until September, at which point, he won’t make the playoff roster, and Cubs fans will be screaming bloody murder, which would explain why there’s luminol all over Smyly.

Juan Nicasio – Signed with the M’s.  Well, if you can’t have Ohtani, this is a solid number two.  By number two, I obviously mean bowel movement.

Starlin Castro – Sent to the Marlins in the Giancarlo trade.  I rushed to (Word)press my Giancarlo Stanton fantasy to avoid premature speculation all over the place.  That meant I didn’t get a chance to cover Castro’s impact going to the Marlins.  Castro better start working on the tears now for when he finally wins a World Series in 2030 when he’s 37 years old and about to retire, because he seems destined for grr-ness in Florida.  For 2018, I’ll give him 72/15/58/.279/4 in 538 ABs.

Mike Fiers – Signed with the Tigers.  As FDR once said about his fantasy team, “Only thing to fear is Mike Fiers and his 5.22 ERA in 2017.”  That’s pretty prescient about FDR.  Too bad he did know to poke his cane in Jonas Salk’s butt to get him working on a polio vaccine quicker.  Fiers did up his Ks last year to 8.6 K/9, but with an 89 MPH fastball, and, at the age of 32, he’s barely ownable in the deepest of leagues.  For 2018, I’ll give him the projections 7-13/4.64/1.40/153 in 168 IP.

Brandon Morrow – Signed with the Cubs.  Possible closer, probable late inning arm, all-around forward-seeking, Morrow.  How great would it be if every time he saves a game, the announcer says, “Well, here’s to Morrow.”  Maybe great is overselling that.  For 2018, I’ll give Morrow 5-2/2.96/1.03/56, 31 saves in 50 IP, assuming the Cubs don’t add another closer.

Ryan Schimpf – Acquired by the Rays.  But the Rays already have Matt Duffy!  Convincing?  No?  Yeah, agreed.  Schimpf could hit 20 HRs, and .175, but right now he’s slated for the minors.

Jake McGee – Signed a deal with the Rockies.  Not exactly sure why a guy would choose to go back to the Rockies, but I had a high school relationship like this.  They called us, Greymeo and Juliet, only, instead of drinking hemlock, we drank St. Ides.  Well, like Greymeo and Juliet at least had sex, McGee should at least get saves.  I’ll give him the projections of 2-4/3.77/1.22/54, 21 saves in 52 IP.

Stephen Piscotty – Traded to the A’s.  Can’t we in this post-OZUNA on the Cardinals world be honest with ourselves, Piscotty became unnecessary after OZUNA was brought in.  Last year, Piscotty hit 9 HRs and .235.  Sounds like the A’s have a new three-hole hitter!  “Does this mean I’m out?”  That’s Smolinski, who, despite his name, is not a character in a Tennessee Williams play.  Can Piscotty finally fulfill his promise?  Piscotty doesn’t know!  And neither do I.  For 2018, I’ll give him the projections 61/20/75/.268/4 in 541 ABs.

Michael Pineda – Signed with the Twins.  Hope he does well for the Twins, because I’d love to see the Yankees give up on someone who turns it around.  Of course, up until this point, the only thing being turned around is Pineda’s fastball, and he will likely miss all of 2018 after Tommy John surgery, but there’s always 2019!

Chase Headley – Traded to the Padres.  You know what I wish teams would do more often?  Say, “Ya know what?  We screwed up.  Sometimes we make good moves, sometimes we make terrible moves,” then cut some high-priced vets or trade them back to where they came, if the team will take them.  Good on the Yankees for losing Headley.  As for the Padres, how’s that saying go?  Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on the Padres for trading for Headley.  For 2018, I’ll give him the projections of 60/10/52/.254/6 in 490 ABs.

Ian Kinsler – Traded to the AngelsAngels were on Kinsler’s no-trade list, but Kinsler was so impressed with the reserved celebrations on film he saw with Ohtani, he couldn’t refuse.  “That guy high fives like a gentleman,” said Kinsler.  This boosts Kinsler’s stock a little, since prior, he was hitting in front of Ghost Cabrera and someone the Tigers Mahtook for a major leaguer.  For 2018, I’ll give Kinsler projections of 102/17/48/.251/10 in 544 ABs.

Shohei Ohtani – Revealed he has a sprain of his UCL in his right elbow.  So, you’re saying there was a reason he only threw 25 IP last year?  Surprise, surprise.  I guess he can always hit instead of pitch, or do neither and have Tommy John surgery.  The Angels are saying Ohtani can pitch through it, after he received some injections.  This makes him their third pitcher in last two years “pitching” through it.  I wonder if Garrett Richards, Matt Shoemaker or Skaggs have any advice for him.  Like, I don’t know, have the surgery immediately?  When it comes time to rank and project Ohtani, I will be removing forty innings from the projections I gave him in my Shohei Ohtani fantasy.

   
  1. MattTruss

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    Isn’t it kinda crazy how Jeets has gone from universally respected ball player to absolute laughing stock just months into his team ownership venture? Has anyone gone from legend to clown faster? He’s 100% clown right? Like, this is the same as when a manager in your league makes an awful trade and then every other manager just starts sending them the most lopsided offers imaginable hoping they accept. As a fan of a division rival though, I’m hoping he sticks around awhile.

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @MattTruss: Jeter is very insecure due to a very odd shaped and crooked penis. True story.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Slappy Jack: Haha, and Ozuna’s shaft is straight as a Fernando Rodney imaginary arrow, so he had to go…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss: I wish I understood what the hell they were doing… I get Giancarlo’s owed a lot of money, but why move Ozuna? Now they’re just moving people? Serious question, have you heard a reason?

      Which team is yours?

      • MattTruss

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        Nope, haven’t heard a reason, but it seems like everyone is kinda mocking them at this point.

        Braves fan. My dad was career military so I grew up down south in the 90s. Kids are front runners, so the Braves were a natural choice. Plus TBS meant I could watch them no matter where we moved. Went to college in Boston though and live in New England so the Red Sox are a regionally adopted team. Braves/Sawx World Series, I’m rooting Braves all the way.

        • Grey

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          Easy to see why they’re mocking him… Don’t you think they were close to a Wild Card prior to the sell off?

          I didn’t know you went in Boston…Where’d you go to college?

          • MattTruss

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            Yea, totally, helps to have the NL MVP and the loss of Fernandez obviously set them back a bit, but I didn’t think they needed a blow up either. It’s like Loria sold the team to himself!

            Yea man, thought I had mentioned that before, but maybe not. I went to Wentworth, right next to North Eastern. Loved my time in the city, went to so many Sawx games and I was there for 2 World Series Championships, which was fun. I went a game in each series too.

            • Grey

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              HA, Loria to himself…Nice…

              Oh nice! Maybe you mentioned at some point… I spent a lot of time by Wentworth, I dated a girl for a year that was going to pharmacy school right by there, off Huntington… Damn, those WS tix didn’t set you back thousands?

              • MattTruss

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                Nah, funny story on the first set I got them through a friend of a friend who’s dad had set him up. My buddy couldn’t make it, so I took his spot for $400. We met up with the owner of one of the bars right by Fenway and he handed the kid three “tickets” and we followed one of the largest men I have ever seen through the crowd to a particular turnstyle and were instructed to walk through, don’t make eye contact, hold the tickets a certain way and then to return those tickets after the game. So sketchy, but it was fun.

                We camped out outside Fenway overnight for the ’07 series and got bleacher tickets for face value, $75. They set aside like 200 tickets each game for day of game sales. Section 42. We were in front of 2 Rockies fans who we heard say “This better be a good game for what we paid for these tickets”. We asked if they minded saying what they paid and they said 2 grand a pop. Yup.

                • Grey

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                  That’s awesome! Yeah, I went to the Kershaw 1 hour, 20 minute game this year, and I think the tix were $1700 each, about $50 per pitch… I don’t know exact price, because Cougs doesn’t let me touch our bank account…

                  • MattTruss

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                    I saw the pics you posted of that, looked awesome. Wow, $50 per pitch, haha. Game 1 in ’04 was the sloppiest baseball game I’ve ever seen. a 4 hour monstrosity of baseball, 5 combined errors, awful pitching (Wakefield vs. Woody Williams), just atrocious. Still fun though.

                    • Grey

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                      Wakefield vs. Woody Williams! Haha, I don’t remember that, but I’m guessing the Sawx were depleted from the Yanks series….

                    • MattTruss

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                      Yea, the Yanks series was basically the World Series for them, threw all their guns in game 7. Schilling stated game 2. Wakefield v Woody wasn’t exactly memorable, haha

                    • Grey

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                      Haha, Schilling with no ketchup on his ankle this time

                    • MattTruss

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                      Ha, exactly

      • thatguy says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: I’m willing to let go of the past, but this is Bush’s fault

        • Grey

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          Haha

  2. Whit says:
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    Is Giancarlo going to have a 486 WAR before the season if his trade causes the Rays, O’s and Jays to all fold before the season?
    As 1 of the 10 Rays fans, I am so excited because (actual quote from management on our newly acquired .175 hitter Schrimpf) “he has a history of hitting”….. not sure what the reporter left off, maybe in high school? back to the pitcher?

    Still bitter I lost 2017 with Trout, Harper, Arenado, Judge, Sanchez, etc. WTF

    • Grey

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      @Whit: HAHA, “back to pitcher” is hilarious…. How’d you use with them? H2H?

  3. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    A couple of things.

    1) I am thinking about passing on the deal of David RObertson and getting Lester. Thoughts?

    2) I am looking for bullpen help and need holds. Here are my choices: Watson, Madson, Romo, Shaw, Baez, Smith, Neshek. Who should I go after in order?

    Thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott Kimmel: 1. I’m fine passing on it, I don’t like Lester 2. Madson, Shaw, Neshek

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        I will put bids in on Shaw and Madson

        • Grey

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          Cool

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            I currently have a 5th rd pick bid in on Robertson. If it goes any higher I have 3 2nd round (#11,12,and 17) plus my first rounder (#10). Is e worth going that high?

            • Grey

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              Holds league? Could see a low end 2nd rounder, though I don’t know who else is available

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                Yes it is a holds league. Also available: Smith, Shaw, Madson, Robertson just name a few

                • Grey

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                  Don’t see why you need Robertson, when you can get another solid Holds guy

                  • Scott Kimmel says:
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                    because with that potent Yankees he should get a ton of hold opportunities

                    • Grey

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                      Last year a reliever from the Twins, Mariners and White Sox were the top 3 Holds guys…

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                      ok i understand

                    • Grey

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                      He’s not that much more special than the other Holds guys you named

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      Plus he is a high stirkeout guy

                    • Grey

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                      He’s solid, but depends who else is available…

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      i am looking to move McCutchen. WOUld you trade him for Rhys Hoskins?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yes

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      He said no anyway it is a moot point

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ok

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      Taylor Rogers (MIN), NIck Vincent (SEA) Andrew Miller (CLE) top 3 in holds last year

                    • Grey

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                      Jose Ramirez from Braves was right there too, so?

                  • Scott Kimmel says:
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                    Yes he was there. I just trust Robertson a little more

                    • Grey

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                      Again, depends what’s available

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    “That’s Smolinski, who, despite his name, is not a character in a Tennessee Williams play.”

    Apparently, we have a Tennessee Williams Festival here in the STL… Way to bring that blurb full circle!

    • Grey

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      @Squat Cobbler: Haha, nice… People walking around screaming, Stella?

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    I’m right there with you, Grey. I’m all over the Cards moves, even if they didn’t end up with Giancarlo.

    Ozuna is solid. They gave up enough, but less than I thought they would. I think Alcantara ends up in the bullpen. Sierra deserves a shot at regular playing time. Gallen went from rookie ball in 2016 to AAA by the end of last year. Has some homer issues, could be good, but probably a #3/4 (so a Marlins Ace!). Castano could be surprisingly decent, FIP was 2.61 with a .313 BABIP, so maybe both could improve.

    Piscotty was made to be an A’s player. Barring a change due to the hold-up they’re discussing this morning, I think their return for Piscotty is fantastic. Munoz hit roughly .300 with 13 HR, 68 RBI and 22 SB between AA and AAA last year. Max Schrock (besides having a 10/10 name) is the man, and has some growing power/speed and a roughly 8% K-rate. He gives me Pedroia vibes.

    Gregerson probably deserved more shots at saves last year than he got, but gave up a crazy number of homers compared to his career numbers. I bet he settles in nicely in St Louis.

    Mikolas is a relatively cheap flyer who could churn out some solid innings, especially valuable if they end up dealing more pitching like Flaherty.

    • Grey

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      @Tweak: Ozuna’s gonna be a beast, see no reason why not… Mikolas really interests me… Smart move by them…

  6. Dave says:
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    I’ll believe Piscotty had a down year because his mom was ill. Going home may help him get back on track.

    • Grey

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      Hopefully that’s all it was

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Grey: Yeah she has MS.

        • Grey

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          She likely still does, no?

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Grey: I wrote has, it’s the reason they traded him to the A’s.

            • Grey

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              That’s the reason? I mean, if it was bothering him last year, I’d assume it would still bother him…

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @Grey: He’s closer to home. I don’t know, and neither does Piscotty.

                • Grey

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                  Ah, I didn’t realize he was from up there…

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          @Ralph Lifshitz:

          She’s got Lou Gehig’s ALS

          • Grey

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            OTS!

            • The Ghost of Oaks says:
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              @Grey:

              Enjoying your off-season content as usual, Allegroconbrio. The Eddie Rosario sleeper was definitely on point. You’ve come a long way with your number crunching over the years. Congrats on your destruction of the Tout league too. A feather in your mustache.

              • Grey

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                I killed Tout like no one has ever in the history of the league… I like saying that… Think the biggest win was like 12 points, I won by 20… ALBRIGHT!

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                  @Grey:

                  How was the crowd at your inauguration? You were due for a win in a big expert league. Been knocking on the door for awhile. I think you’re a better player now than ever.

                  • Grey

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                    The crowd sucked, bunch of those jackasses didn’t even congratulate me over email… I think a lot were pissed off… Now prolly b/c of the sickness of being hyper-competitive, but I want to repeat, and then I want the Pat Riley three-peat…

                    • The Ghost of Oaks says:
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                      @Grey:

                      …to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women!

                    • Grey

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                      Lament, their women, lament!

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @The Ghost of Oaks: Thanks, my bad. Sorry Piscotty… I didn’t know.

            • The Ghost of Oaks says:
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              @Ralph Lifshitz:

              I play a doctor on TV.

              Hey, do you know of any decent dynasty leagues that need an owner? I kind of soured on the league I did this year. Took that I inherited from 19th to 6th but didn’t get into the 6 team playoff because of a shitty format/rule. I hate head to head anyway. Do like the dynasty format though.

  7. HawtSauce says:
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    Is Ohtanis elbow a wait and see issue? Assuming he does not get TJ does this effect his draft position or are you still thinking around top 70 overall?

    • Grey

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      I’m dropping him because of it

    • Fungazi says:
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      @HawtSauce: No way is grey gonna rank a guy projected for 100 IP top 70 player

      • HawtSauce says:
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        @Fungazi: I mean this is the same guy that told everyone he was all in on Odor…I keed I keed.

        • Fungazi says:
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          @HawtSauce: Ohhhh! Too soon.

        • Grey

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          His BABIP!

  8. Ritchie Rich says:
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    Jose Ramirez, Machado, Lindor… would you take Springer over any of these guys in an OBP keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • Ritchie Rich says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks, Grey! That’s what I thought too!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  9. DBo says:
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    Dynasty league, was offered Stras for my G Sanchez & my Braun. Which side? I also have Contreras at C. Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

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      I’d take Strasburg, pretty fair tho

  10. Brett says:
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    Would you trade trout and freeman for goldy turner and bregman? Keep 4 forever. Standard h2h cat other than that.

    • Brett says:
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      @Brett: my current keepers are trout, arenado, freeman, pick in 4th rnd

    • Grey

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      Nah

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Close tho

        • Brett says:
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          @Grey: it really comes down to this grouping. Trout Arenado Freeman Beninteindi (I have the top pick in the 4th round since I am not keeping anyone and he and doozier are available) or Arenado Goldy Turner Bregman. Be been having a tough time with it. You’re right tho. Best to hold.

          • Grey

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            Yeah, best to hold

  11. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I am looking for a starting pitcher. Choices are:

    Duffy
    Morton
    Faria
    King Felix

    Looking for a bench OF. CHoices are

    Fowler
    Gardner
    Nunez
    Piscotty
    Trumbo
    Span

    Who should I bid on

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morton, Duffy… Fowler, Nunez

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        Morton is currently a 15th rd pick, and duffy is an 8th
        Nunez is currently a 8th rd pick, Fowler is a free agent

        I currently have a 1st rd (#10), 2 2nd round (#11, 12)and an 8th rd pick.

        who should I bid on and what pick should I offer

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nunez 1st, Morton 2nd, Duffy 2nd, Fowler 2nd

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            you mean an 8th for fowler?

  12. Matt Mork says:
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    260 annual budget, keep 4 at 10% above previous season draft price. No limit on how long kept.

    Would you trade $51 Stanton for $10 Bellinger?

    Altuve 52, Goldy 54 and Justin Turner 3 are my other keep worthy guys. Thanks!

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