Cameron Maybin was 3-for-4 Friday night with his fourth stolen base in four games. Did someone say SAGNOF? Since his return from the disabled list last Monday, Killa Cam has hit safely in all four games he’s played, going 8-for-13 (.615 AVG), with 3 runs, an RBI, and oh, did I mention he’s stolen four bases?! Because that’s why I’m writing this lede about Cameron Maybin and not some obviously more valuable and less disappointment-prone player. I googled my headline thinking it was a song title by the Cure or something but all that came up was a sub reddit about depression. What’s worse is I had visited this page before. Hmm, probably because I’ve owned Maybin so many times in the past. Cameron has burned me more over the years than the cast of That 70’s Show, but four steals in four games should not be ignored. Grey told you to BUY and he said “That’s so, Maybin!” Wow, that’s so Grey to say that. Temper your expectation, but pick up Maybin if you got the Need for Speed but refuse to support EA games or Aaron Paul’s acting career. So yeah, Maybin this time will be different? This could be my crippling depression talking, but he’s available in about 80% of leagues and I’d take a flier wherever I needed steals.

Here’s what else I saw Friday night in fantasy baseball:

Jason Heyward – Left Friday’s game with a shoulder injury. I would say this would hurt his power production, but his owner’s probably aren’t in the mood for hilarious jokes right now.

Jorge Soler – 2-for-4, HR (3). With Jason Heyward possibly sidelined, this could be Soler’s opportunity to shine! See what I did there, because solar and Sun. I will see myself out.

Jake Arrieta – 7.0 IP, 4 hits, ER, 2 BB, 8 K, W. He is good at throwing baseballs.

Tanner Roark – 6.2 IP, 6 hits, ER, 2 BB, 7 K, W. Roark. Roaaark. Rooooooaark! Ohhhh! He’s got the eye of the tiger…! If you asked Katy Perry, she’d tell you outside last week’s 7 ER disaster, Roark has been a real firework and still owns a 2.89 ERA and 53/22 K/BB rate. Wow, Katy, you sure know a lot about Tanner Roark!

Derek Dietrich – 2-for-2. Double D leads off for the Fish, and Grey told you to BUY him but cautioned that he’s a pretty boring grab. He’s more boring than the scenes in Game of Thrones without bewbz or dragons. But if you need runs and average by all means pick him up before Ramsay Bolton flays him alive.

Marcell Ozuna – 1-for-4, HR (8). Oh hey, Marcell. Remember when people asked me if they should drop you in April? “OZUNA no remember. OZUNA only job to hit baseball.” Great answer!

Steven Matz – 7.0 IP, 3 hits, 2 ER, 8 K, W. Mr. Matz! Have I mentioned I will accept any Mets starter in a trade with my [insert home team here]. We’ll give you washed-up veteran who can’t play defense, rookie outfielder who can’t hit breaking balls and player to be named later.

Michael Conforto – 2-for-4, HR (7), 2 RBI. Conforto has struggled this month, batting just .180, but that hasn’t deterred fans of the hipster’s favorite player–hipsters. In fact, that only makes him cooler because when he does finally bust out of this slump that means they liked him before he was cool. And there’s nothing cooler than that!

Chris Carter – 1-for-3, HR (13), 2 RBI. I heard this week on my X-Files blog news feed they are bringing this show back again for even more episodes that no one really asked for. Also, hey, Chris Carter has 13 homers. Nice segue, Dan! That’s why you’re the blog writer guy!

Miguel Cabrera – 3-for-5, 2 HR (8), 3 RBI. Miggy is batting .458 with 7 runs, 4 homers, and 8 RBI in the past week. When you’re slaying baseballs like Miguel, you’re “Goals AF”. That means people want to be like you. People like me.

Steve Pearce – 1-for-3, HR (7), 2 RBI. It’s another BUY! Doode is hitting over .300 in the past week, with 2 homers, 8 runs and 6 RBI. Sounds like he’s goals AF.

Steven Souza, Jr. – 2-for-3, HR (9). When you hit out of the lead off spot and “have a day”, that’s when you Goals AF. Stop trying to make Goals AF happen, it’s not going to happen.

Freddie Freeman – 2-for-5, 2 HR (8), 4 RBI. The scary thing for pitchers about Freddie is that he can hit home runs off of them while they sleep, in their nightmares. Even in his dreams though he still has trouble driving in runs.

Aaron Nola – 7.0 IP, 7 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. Nola was probably one of the best pick ups I’ve made all season. The 2.85 ERA is real pretty but its  64/11 K/BB rate and the sub-1 WHIP that really makes me swoon. And I don’t swoon for just anyone.

Matt Wisler – 6.2 IP, 5 hits, ER, 2 BB, 7 K, W. Matt might be one of the lone rays of hope for a sad sack Braves team. He’s now struck out seven in back-to-back starts and sports a shiny 2.93 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. He gets the Brewers next week at home and is under 20% owned. I’m saying maybe you should start to think about the possibility of maybe considering thinking about the option of picking him up.

Colby Lewis – 7.0 IP, 4 hits, 0 ER, 6 K, W. Wen ur veteran starter is woke. Colby has gone seven innings in five straight starts and is rocking a sick 44/12 K/BB. If that ain’t woke, I don’t know what is. Really, I don’t. Can someone explain this word to me?

Sam Dyson – 1.0 IP, 2 hits, ER, K, SV (3). He is a BUY. He is a closer. That means you should probably own him.

Lance McCullers – 6.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K. Lance had the tough task of facing the Red Sawx last week when they were scoring all the runs in the league, but looked much better Friday night. If he is out there on waivers I would bang.

Michael Saunders – 3-for-5, HR (7). Saunders is batting over .300 with seven homers in one of baseballs best lineups. He also has two homers in the past three days, yet is still available in most leagues. I have been telling you to pick him up all year. I told you here, here, oh, and also here. I got you! O shizz waddup. Yeah, I don’t get it either.

Jose Bautista – 2-for-5, HR (8), 3 RBI. Joey is batting .229 so why not lead him off! If you can lead off half as good as you can take a punch then–ahh, nevermind. Home runs are good! Especially early, right!

Robbie Grossman – 3-for-4, HR (1), 3 RBI. Welcome to Minnesooota! Dontcha know, here in the Twins outfield, we’ll take anyone hitting at this point. Robbie Grossman? You betcha!

Zack Cozart – 1-for-4, HR (5). He’s leading off for Cincinnati and batting .360 in the past week. Why is he still under 50% owned? It’s because he’s Red isn’t it. That’s racist.

Aledmys Diaz – 2-for-5, run, 2 RBI. Hey remember when I told you to pick him up. I told you here, here, and even here. Oh, I got you again! Still don’t get it! But I think it’s getting funnier?

Chris Herrmann – 2-for-4, HR (5), 3 RBI. Remember Herrmann’s head? Why not reboot a 90s show that was actually good! Get on it, Hollywood! Chris is batting .412 with a homer in the past week and has hit safely in his past five games. What is your catcher doing?

Brandon Drury – 1-for-4, HR (7). Hey, another Snake! He’s batting close to .400 over the past week! Pro Tip* That will help your fantasy team.

Patrick Corbin – 6.1 IP, 4 hits, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, W. I proceed with caution as I say that Corbin might actually be ownable at this point. Wow, so many fantasy relevant Diamondbacks. Freaky. Scientologists like myself might compare this to Incident II involving the R6 Implants. What would you say if I told you that you could gain supernatural abilties simply by harnassing the natural M.E.S.T. around you? I have some literature I think you should read.

C.C. Sabathia – 6.0 IP, 3 hits, ER, BB, 8 K, W. Not a bad return from the DL for the Yankee old. Pick him up if you hate yourself.

Yasiel Puig – 2-for-4, HR (5). His Grace, Lord Puig of House Cuba, First Bat of Dodgers, Famed Defector, Father of Illegitimate Children, Protector of Adrian Gonzalez and sworn Defender of the 88 cities of Greater Los Angeles county, looks like he’s finally heating up. Maybe he just needs more dragons?

Melvin Upton, Jr. – 1-for-4, HR (6), 2 RBI. Melvin is batting over .300 in the past two weeks with 4 homers and a steal. Is there a rule in the Upton family that only one brother can play well at a time? Why was I not informed of this rule!?

Jackie Bradley, Jr. – 1-for-2, HR (8). He extended his hitting streak to 25 games with the second inning homer, as hundreds of New Englanders named their dogs/cats/children “Jackie Bradley” this month. The Messiah is slashing .340/.399/.626 with 8 homers and 33 RBI. I don’t think I’m overstepping any bounds when I say he could very well be Teddy Williams reincarnate. He hits wicked hahd. He fields wicked hahd. He’s gunna be the best freakin’ outfieldah evah in Bawston sports history and the world because Tawm Brady, Larry Legend, Nomah, Sam Adams, Matt Damon, Batman, chowdah and Dunkin’ Iced Regulahs! No one denies this!

Questions? Problems? Complaints to management? Advice, small gifts or large bribes? Please leave it in the comments below, or you can get at me on twitter @dandemanco. Join us next Saturday for another Friday recap as fantasy baseball continues next week, all week long!

 
  1. Matt says:
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    10-team ESPN Standard Roto

    Put Prince Fielder on waivers for Kris Davis in UTL spot?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Matt: I’m sticking with Prince.

  2. Derrick says:
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    Hey nice, thanks for the shelfish inputs – always read your daily notes first.

    I’m in 3 diff leagues – 1st in most offensive cats. Need saves in all 3, need SP in first.
    Impatiently waiting on the return of Darvish in 2 of 3!

    League 1: traded Goldschmidt for Encarnacion AND the “sabermetricly” unlucky Chris Archer – his velo is back with a sexy looking XFIP and a HR/FB% that can’t last.

    League 2: traded The Shark for David Robertson (best RP I could get) and picked up Doolittle to back up my Madson – quietly eying Will Smith (when do I pounce)?.

    League 3: traded Matz, The Shark and Madson for Kluber, Addison Russel and H.Rondon. Have Pearce and Harrison at 2B/ MI – I like Russel’s buechip upside better than both. Devon Travis also available.

    How hard should I be pushing the sale of JBJ? JBJ + Velasquez for N.Cruz – fair??

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Derrick: Hold with Bradley!

  3. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    So I figure I’d give Kazmir a shot last night, I mean come on, it is the Padres AND it is in Petco.
    I mean really what could go wrong..

    Pitching is impossible to figure out this year..Oh by the by, I also own Kenley Jansen…A

    HHHHHHH, NO Katie I am not coming in off the ledge..

    Next year I am going to play in a 10 cats hitters only roto league! Just say NO to pitching!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: I said no to pitching on draft day and am paying for it now.

  4. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Oh and GREAT write-up, Mr Pants.

  5. PHIL says:
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    I gave up on Harvey…traded him for C. Martinez & Maeda. Did I do the right thing?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @PHIL: I would have kept Harvey..He is still the best of the 3 SP’s. Has the most up-side.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @PHIL: Harvey will be better, but sounds fair!

  6. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Drinkin’ Dunkin Iced Regulahs on the regulah!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Grey: Pedroia gets his with a turbo shot!

  7. David says:
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    Speaking of Harvey, him or Archer in a keeper league? Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @David: Harvey

  8. Time To Kill says:
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    Would you trade Donaldson and Jepsen for Beltre and Kimbrel. 12 team AL only

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Time To Kill: No keep donaldson

  9. Shmoopy says:
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    Maybe Someday by the Cure. On Bloodflowers album..,

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Shmoopy: Better headline!

  10. Chris says:
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    Mr Pants,

    No question for you this week, just wanted to say I appreciate the weekend work. You re the man.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Chris: No you da man!

  11. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Dan!

    In a standard weekly roto league, would you give up Belt for VMart and Leonys? Looking primarily for AVG and counting stars.

    • Duda ... says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: update – he also just offered a bigger trade that’s very interesting:

      I get VMart, Blackmon, Obudel. He gets Polanco, Belt, Berrios.

      I really need avg so getting 3 average guys for 2 works for me.

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @Duda …: I like it!

  12. Frank says:
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    Start smyly today? (@det)

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Frank: I am kind of late on this, but I started him.

  13. Nitro says:
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    Hi. Great stuff.

    How would you rank ROS?

    Pomeranz
    Teheran
    King Felix
    Gausmann

    Thanks!!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Nitro: Felix, Teheran, Gausman, Pomeranz

  14. griff says:
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    Start or sit J. Ross @ marlins?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @griff: I’m starting him

  15. Machado About Nothing says:
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    You’re the best Dan

    Pick 2 Rodon, McCullers, Liriano

  16. Timmah says:
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    Thanks for the write up! Wasn’t sure which thread to ask this on so…. Worth trading away Matz for Harvey? Hopefully he bounces back sufficiently….:-)

    • Dan Pants

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      @Timmah: I like both! Stick with Matz

  17. Count de Monetball says:
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    Hey Mr. pants, thanks for covering Saturdays you do a great job! Quick question on a trade offer.

    Kershaw and David Price or
    Stanton, Kyle Seger, Jeffress and McGee

    • Dan Pants

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      @Count de Monetball: Depends on what you need, I like Stanton side.

  18. Joeg414 says:
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    Solar or A.Eaton ros ? 6×6 mixed roto.
    Trying to get one back in a trade. I think Eaton is better. But, If I can’t ; do you think Solar can produce , if he gets playing time ?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Joeg414: Eaton, I don’t trust Soler just yet.

  19. Beastman says:
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    Hey Dan, really dig your Saturday takes. Grey better watch his back!

    Got another “please help me think!” trade question. Deep 16 team, $260, 6×6, H2H keeper league. Looking to win this year.

    Give $9 Piscotty and $5 Velasquez,
    Get $37 Starling Marte and some pitching depth, likely $11 Hendricks and one of Colome/Wood/Finnegan. Non-streaming league, so almost every SP with a job is owned.

    Are the semi-proven but clearly promising Piscotty and Velasquez too much to give up for a bona fide star in Marte and whatever pitchers I can get the other guy to include?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Beastman: I like it, but $9 Piscotty and $5 Velaquez are also nice. If you need the SP do it, otherwise I’d hold.

  20. Bro Montana says:
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    In your JB jr write up, you used world instead of wald. FU!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Bro Montana: Irregahdless!

  21. Hugman says:
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    Hey Mr. Pants, thanks for keeping us up to date on the weekends.
    I have Darvish coming off the DL. Which of these would you ship (I think I should be able to get something for any of these guys) to make room: Archer, Lackey, Maeda, Pomeranz?
    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Hugman: Pomeranz

  22. Robert says:
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    Saunders or Calhoun?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Robert: Calhoun

  23. B.J. says:
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    Howdy boys,

    I just traded Maikel Franco away for Dallas Keuchel in my 12 team H2H 6×6 league (OBP and QS added) because I had 2 other 3B eligible players (Matt Carpenter and Adrian Beltre) and I saw this as an opportunity to buy low on Keuchel. Decent move or should I just punch myself in the face now?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Dan Pants

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      @B.J.: Sounds fair to me!

  24. Scott says:
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    Duvall has been meh lately. We moving on yet?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Scott: Hold for now

    • Knucks says:
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      @Scott: he’s at Coors in a week btw

  25. Baseball Fan 2000 says:
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    10 team 5 x 5 roto. I have four closers. Trade drob for harvey? only trouble is i will probably run out of starts (i have 63 already with a 200 start limit and I own matz, mccullers, strasburg, kluber, raisel, rodon, taijuan walker, and aaron nola).

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Baseball Fan 2000: Doesn’t sound like you need harvey

  26. Baseball Fan 2000 says:
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    10 team 5 x 5 roto. I have four closers. Trade drob for harvey? only trouble is i will probably run out of starts (i have 63 already with a 200 start limit and I own matz, mccullers, strasburg, kluber, raisel, rodon, taijuan walker, and aaron nola).

  27. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Dan – guy who made the earlier above offer now came back with:

    Blackmon, Vmart, Obudel for my Polanco, belt, Berrios. Which side do like?

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Dan Pants: thanks! Yeah, Polanco is balanced by Blackmon, Belt by Vmart (mostly), then Berrios who I was about ready to drop fetches a nice return of Obudel! My current OF5 is Danny Santana, so he would be a big upgrade. Thanks!

  28. Dan says:
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    Would you go Lester for polanco straight up

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Dan: Sure

  29. Alex says:
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    Having a first baseman dilemma… Who would you rather have in pts league: Belt, Carlos Santana, W. Myers

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Alex: Myers

  30. Rusty says:
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    Valencia or Ozuna?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Rusty: Ozuna

  31. HeMan says:
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    What say you? GCole or JHammel and Conforto? I’d like GCole but I feel like I’d be giving too much.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @HeMan: I’d want Conforto side

  32. LightBlack says:
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    L.Martin schoop or hell boy in a OBP ten teamer for last roster spot. I drafted Martin last year to be my third outfielder. So i kinda hate him…..but if hes for real ill flady grab him. Having trouble deciding on this one.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @LightBlack: I like Martin the most of the three

  33. SPAPS2 says:
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    Have had some tough luck with injured and under performing starters (carrasco, tyson ross, iglesias, rodon, severino) got offered smyly, taijuan walker and aj ramos for gerrit cole and neris…..thinking about pulling the trigger, but dont want to trade my ace hastily as i grow impatient for other starters to come around, Thoughts? thanks

  34. Dozier Done? says:
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    What are your thoughts on Doz, I mean he has been God awful so far. There are other options out there ala Schoop should I give up on Doz and take Schoop? I know if I drop him he will not be out there long.

  35. Joey says:
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    Damn Daniel….This recap was woke.

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