Mike Clevinger and Greg Allen were traded to the Padres for Gabe Arias, Cal Quantrill, Joey Cantillo, Owen Miller, Austin Hedges, and Josh Naylor. Cleveland will be melting together Quantrill, Arias, Cantillo, Hedges, Naylor and Miller to form one super player, Johnny Q. Baseball who can catch, pitch middle relief and hit .215. Cleveland Indians’ GM said, “I have one rule, that’s Rule 5.” Before Clevinger can leave town, Zach Plesac will be planning a blow out going away party that no one is to know about. It will be at Carlos N’ Suzie’s, a downtown Cleveland favorite known for tequila and heating up Totino’s pizza rolls. Can’t wait for the postseason redemption story of Mike Clevinger ginned up by Fox where he does no actual apologizing for anything, but pitches well for six innings and gets some flashy graphics and wild hyperbole. So, Clevinger going to the Padres is obviously a huge boon for his value if boon means what I think it means. Let’s assume it does or at least makes sense within context clues. Everyone the Indians got? Useless for this year, but I’m sure Prospect Itch or Hobbs will go over the prospects at some point. Only downside I can see for this trade is it might actually be lowering Chris Paddack’s value, because now the Sheriff will have to spend all waking hours policing to make sure Clevinger doesn’t do anything stupid. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Taylor Williams – Traded to the Padres. In 7-inning doubleheaders, the Padres will be going to the pen in the 2nd inning. In Seattle, I’d guess the closer is now Yoshihisa Hirano, and in San Diego, I’d guess it’s still Rosenthal’s to lose, which I’d guess he loses.

Garrett Richards – 3 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.63, and pulled from the game after 47 pitches because Jayce Tingler heard they just traded for 17 relievers.

Mike Minor – Traded to the A’s. Pretty cool teams are trading for players and they don’t even know when they will play next. Welcome to 2020, check your expectations at the door, then have the coat check girl lose your expectations. Hopefully the addition of a Minor doesn’t distract Mike Fiers. Snap! Any hoo! Minor wasn’t as good as he seemed in 2019, and isn’t as bad as it appears in 2020. He can be a fantasy number four to five, but there’s only like six starts left for any starter, so mostly matchups based.

Shane Bieber – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 1.20 vs. Brad Keller – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 1.93. Looking at their ERAs, they both seem like Miracle Workers not just Keller.

Marco Gonzales – 9 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.09. Mariners traded away all their relievers, so what choice did Marco have but to throw a complete game? Watching the Angels take on the Mariners is like watching paint dry, then every third inning someone speed-paints a Trout and a Lewis on the wall.

Jose Marmolejos – 2-for-3 and his 4th homer. I pronounce his last name: Marm-a-loogies. As far as I’m concerned, that’s correct.

Jacob deGrom – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 1.76. Only way Marlins were getting some good swings off deGrom is if deGrom started selling porch swings on eBay or the Mets’ defense failed him. Alas, they went behind door number two.

Robinson Cano – 2-for-4 and his 6th homer, hitting .375. Easily has been the best Mets’ best hitter, which is my not so subtle dig at Pete Alonso. Though, Pete Alonso doesn’t need any digs, he’s dug his own hole.

Todd Frazier – Traded back to the Mets. Old friend alert!* *Not talking to you, Adam Eaton.

Robinson Chirinos – Traded to the Mets. Brodie Von Wunker is so out of his depth. What’s he doing? A catcher…for what? They want Wilson Ramos at DH? Mets making trades like they’re in a two-catcher league.

Trevor Rogers – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.00. In the last week, Trevor, Taylor, and Tyler Rogers have pitched well. As Miss Moneypenny would say, give us Rogers Moore.

Garrett Cooper – 1-for-5, and his 2nd homer, and 2nd homer in the last two games. On Monday, I said cyclops. Today, hot schmotato!

Starling Marte – Traded to the Marlins. Noooooooooo! Just as Lewis Brinson started to hit! Damn you, Cap’n Jetes! Is it me or is Jeter both a buyer and seller every year? It’s almost like he just enjoys making moves, i.e., he can cover more ground in the front office than at shortstop. Marte’s hitting too many ground balls, and has flattened his swing. It’s not great. I’d expect more of the same in Miami, but maybe a bit less power and more speed, because Mattingly grew up in the go-go 80’s.

Isan Diaz – Decided to rejoin the Marlins. We’ve all had a friend like this guy. “Nah, I don’t want to go to the movies.” “Okay, too bad, because Daisy Fuentes and her friends invited us.” “On second thought, I think I can make it.” Oh, get the hell out of here, La Isan Bonita! But, since he won’t, he’s a solid pick up in deeper leagues for power. I’d imagine he plays every day with Villar gone-zo.

Caleb Smith – Traded to the Diamondbacks. Anyone have one of those temperature guns? I’d like to check the Marlins’ temperature. First Zac Gallen, now Caleb Smith. Marlins gonna send Sixto nexto or what-o? Arizona Marlinbacks upgraded their rotation nicely, not just with addition of Smith but by losing Robbie Ray, which I get to later. Still am not a huge fan of Smith for this year (in fantasy; for real baseball, you get every arm you can). Smith is still a decent bet in right matchups, which he should have more of in the NL West.

Cameron Maybin – Acquired by the Cubs. I was gonna ask why, but I honestly don’t care what the answer is.

Austin Meadows – Out with a sore oblique. He always turns it on at some point. Hopefully he doesn’t wait until October.

Tyler Glasnow – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.24. To say the Yankees weren’t getting good swings on the ball is like saying the ocean is not too dry.

Kevin Kiermaier – 1-for-3 and his 2nd homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games. Hot schmotato alert! Which is what I say before Kevin Cash benches him inexplicably for three days.

Gerrit Cole – 5 IP, 4 ER, 12 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.91. I watched a lot of this game for s’s and g’s and I’m no Dave Duncan, but I wonder if Cole is tipping his pitches or his mechanics are off. He doesn’t look right. Gotta hope it’s not an injury and he’s just sucking. Well, if you own him, you don’t want to hope for either.

Gio Urshela – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer, hitting .239. On a side but related note, the Yankees’ lineup is ugly.

Luke Voit – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .301, Okay, about the Yanks’ lineup being ugly. Yes, relatively, but Luke Voit is not in any way ugly. He’s beautiful.

Rich Hill – 3 1/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 3.94. I can guarantee you he started this game healthy, because even a hanging fingernail sidelines him. I can’t promise you he ended the game healthy.

Luis Robert – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .298. Just the ol’ rookie season pace of 50 homers. Covid robbed us of what might’ve been one of the best rookie seasons in memory, or he would’ve fell off in June. Guess we’ll find out next year when I rank him in the top 20 and he does a giant Pete Alonso turd.

Keegan Akin – 4 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks in his 1st major league start. Keegan Akin Peele hid the ball well, and Rob Manfred will love how fast he works. He threw 92-94 MPH on the fastball and 79-82 on the change. Command was there, but that could be a problem, and why I’d look at Streamonator before going near him in most leagues.

Kevin Pillar – Traded to the Rockies. “Good, get rid of that Sam Hollared guy.” “It’s Hilliard, Bud.” “We also traded for a Hilliard Bud?” That’s Bud Black chatting with his coach. Pillar obviously gets a boost in value. Bud Black has never met a prospblock he didn’t want to start over a prospect. Kevin Pillar might actually become the leadoff man and get more at-bats in Colorado than any other player simply because he’s a vet. Bud Black is the stupidest motherf**ker that’s ever managed a team. Can’t wait until Sam Hilliard’s had a solid five-year stretch with another team, returns to the Rockies as a past-his-prime 35-year-old, and then Bud Black plays him every day.

Brendan Rodgers – Hit the IL with a shoulder strain. He strained his shoulder snapping his fingers and saying, “Dang!” after reading the lineup card.

Archie Bradley – Traded to the Reds. Great, love when a trade deadline goes through and I lose my closer. That is fantastic. *places tacks down on desk, slams head into desk* My guess is Raisel Iglesias keeps his closer job, because, well, why not? Bradley will go back to doing what he always excelled at:  solid 7th and 8th innings. Or I guess solid 5th and 6th innings, since all games will be 7-inning doubleheaders in September.

Brian Goodwin – Traded to the Reds. Hearing the Angels will be receiving back a BarcaLounger for Pujols if he hits a single and doesn’t want to stand on 1st. Sorry, sorry, I heard wrong. The Angels received back, and this is serious and hilarious, Reds’ prospect Packy Naughton. Hahahahaha–WHO?! Packy’s got Pall Malls, Mad Dog 20/20 and is closed on Sunday!

Anthony DeSclafani – 3 2/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 7.71. Your playoff-bound Reds, right?

Eugenio Suarez – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .185. Not even .187, and I still need him to come back from the dead.

Paul DeJong – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and a slam (2) and legs (1), hitting .321. Colonel Mustard in the lavatory with a plunger!

Dakota Hudson – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.77. Only team to hit this year was the Pirates, which makes sense in opposite world where I wear pants on my head and ihatq–Damn, not bad since I also had shoes on my hands while typing that.

Ke’Bryan Hayes – Being called up by the Pirates. Why wasn’t he called up last week instead of Will Craig? If you can think like the Pirates, you’re a total loser and should immediately stop thinking like the Pirates. So, what’s all the hype about? Well, as I said before, out of 540 ranked players in the preseason, he was ranked 540, so there’s not much hype here. He’s a 2/3/.275 hitter in a month. Sound good? If so, I wish I were as easily excited.

Keston Hiura – 1-for-3 and his 8th homer, hitting .229. Not trying to put too much weight on small sample sizes — that’s what she said! — but his average and strikeout rate (~33%) is very concerning.

David Phelps – Traded to the Phils. Brewers are always trading bullpen arms. Usually the trades are with Josh Hader and the trades are imagined in Brewers’ fans minds.

Rhys Hoskins – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, and 2nd homer in two games, three homers in three games and 17 homers in four games–mah gawd, Rhysus is so hot! If it wasn’t the trade deadline, I likely would’ve gave Rhysus the lede in one of the last two days. I haven’t seen anyone this locked in since Jodie Foster in Panic Room.

Spencer Howard – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 5.40. I’d use Streamonator for him, but on a side note, the Phils’ pen is still awful. Good luck, David Phelps, but you’re about to be garbage.

Juan Soto – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 10th and 11th homer, hitting .367. Oh, by the by, he missed a week of games. I will now laugh and guzzle soda while mumbling, “Sexy Dr. Pepper,” as soda dribbles down my chin.

Trea Turner – 4-for-5, 3 runs and his 7th homer. Just on the usual Treat Urner pace of 35/15.

Jonathan Villar – Traded to the Jays. Buffalo Wild Winds Stadium can only help Villar hit a couple more doinkers. It’s hard to picture him hitting too high on the order, if everyone is healthy, thinking mostly of Grichuk. If Bichette’s healthy, Villar’s not even playing, but he’s not, so there’s that. This move helps Jon Berti get playing time in Miami, which feels like something I say every month, only to have it followed a week later by saying, this hurts Berti’s playing time. Wait, Isan Diaz. Welp, sorry, Berti.

Ross Stripling – Traded to the Jays. If I were Buffalo, I’d put Stripling in middle relief to bridge the gap from starter to…Do they have a closer? I appreciate the Jays “going for it,” but what exactly are they going for? Third place and a 1st round ousting? They don’t think their rotation of “Ryu and a bunch of fools” is going to get it done, do they? I have questions, ya’ll!

Robbie Ray – Traded to the Jays. Apparently, the Blue Jays were hoping to get into their bullpen quicker, which has no one! Ya know, Jays, you could’ve just called in a long reliever, rather than trade for Robbie Ray. Jays’ front office, “We’ll never compete with the Rays!” Then, an evil smile, “Wait a minute…We can get a Ray!” As you can imagine, I still don’t like Robbie Ray. Only thing a Blue Ray is good for is watching my Kurosawa Criterion Collection.

 
  1. Djdelman says:
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    Great read as always. Drop mike moustakas and Peter alonso? Moustakas has been dry af and it’s sad to see Suarez/winker slammin homers at the same time. Probably will hold Alonso but the options to pick up are rhys Hoskins, Walker, Cano, Longoria, schoop, and Moreland. H22 points league fyi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoskins over Moose

  2. mojoman says:
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    today’s article much funnier than ever. hehe

    • Philip says:
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      Agree. I cackled a couple times.

      • JKJ

        JKJ says:
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        SIxto nexto got me lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, guys!

  3. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Wonderful report!

    a. On Packy Naughton, I blame the parents. His name is Patrick Joseph Naughton, so naturally his stupid white boy nickname is Packy…Pa (first two letters of his name)+ck (last two letters of his name) +y…Packy from Boston…He might be an okay 4/5 starter though he had a 6.15 career ERA in college and we all know how super competitive college baseball is compared to MLB, right?

    b. Let the Jays have some fun before their done, man. Buffalo Blue Jays management are just like us fantasy ballers, they want to have some fun and think THEIR team is the best.

    c. Watch Ray become an ace in Buffalo, typical for this 2020 corona timeline. Or maybe even the closer or who knows what. He was garbage in AZ, impossible in my mind that he can be any better in his new league.

    d. Have 50 moves left. How many should I have on September 15 again? Am being dead serious!!!

    e. MLB quote of the day for September 1, 2020

    ‘I’m going to be stubborn and stay on the ball. I was more of a pull hitter (last year). It’s not the way I had approached things in the first 10 years, so I don’t know why in my 11th and 12th years I started changing…Not this spring.’

    James ‘Jim’ Patrick Edmonds, aka ‘Jimmy Baseball’ and ‘Jimmy Ballgame’. He had 5 seasons of 30 or more HRs with a career .903 OPS and 393 career HRs.

    His 162-game average was…

    643 PA, 552 AB, 101 R, 157 H, 35 2B, 2 3B, 32 HR, 97 RBI, 80 BB, 139 K, .284/.376/.527 slash line, 132 OPS+, 291 TB

    His best year was his 2004 season with the Cards, though most of his years in STL were pretty great…

    612 PA, 498 AB, 102 R, 150 H, 38 2B, 3 3B, 42 HR, 111 RBI, 101 BB, 150 K, .301/.418/.643 slash line, 171 OPS+, 320 TB

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Can’t wait to see Stripling throw any non-slider in the Wing Box!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        The Wing box, ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Wouldn’t trust Packy for much outside of being a quick spot for cheap liquor

      B. Let’s do it!

      C. That seems unlikely, but I’m fine with it — go Jays!

      D. 35

      E. Ha, nice quote

  4. Blue Devil says:
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    Would you drop Bradley?

    What shoulyI do with Minnesota closer Taylor?

    • JKJ

      JKJ says:
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      Yeah probably a drop unless you got holds. Get another SP stream slot to open up or get a ratio guru RP like Devin Williams. Bradley may get the odd save or two, but I wouldn’t hold onto that.

      Would hold Rogers for now but he’s on thin ice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would wait until I saw Archie come into the 8th

      Rogers’s fielding let him down, didn’t it? I guess you can look at Romo

  5. Ben W says:
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    What side? I’m not sure how I pulled this off.

    I’m trading:
    Pete Alonso
    Renanto Nunez
    Ketel Marte
    Cristian Javier
    Matt Barnes

    He’s trading
    Ronald Acuna
    Kyle Schwarber
    Ryu

    • Cram It says:
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      How do you know you pulled something off if you don’t know which side wins? Would you kill 1 person to save ten? Does nature or nature form a human’s personality? Do numbers really exist or are they something man has created? These are the questions that haunt me….

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        When one is being smug it behooves them to sepll correctly….

        “Does nature or nUture…..”

        lol

        • Cram It says:
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          “Spell”, “nurture”. Right back atcha!

          This is philosophy class, not English. lol

          • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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            it’s my nature to nurture my Nietzsche

      • Yes. Already have him picked out.

        It’s pretty clear at this point that it is a mixture of both. It’s non-binary like Bart Simpson.

        It is letters and language and time that do not exist. Yes math exists. You can see it in every seashell, every flower, every swollen red baboon butthole. You can hear it in every bluebird’s morning call, every time Bukowski broke a glass, every song. Every single R Kelly song contains the golden ratio you ignorant slut.

        • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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          are referring to Bukowski or Blutowski …………….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Acuna side

  6. Ben W says:
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    Is MacKenzie Gore going to make it up? Padres need a lefty!

    • He will be up for the playoff push…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wake is prolly right — I hope he’s up yesterday, but alas

  7. Five-on-One says:
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    Who is closing for Arizona? Worth grabbing over Williams and/ or Pagan?

    • NUX says:
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      Committee – Guerra/Rondon/Crichton/Ginkel

      I like Guerra so I listed him first but its more of a wait and see, though we only have a few weeks left.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I went with Rondon in one league, but it’s deep and the team hasn’t announced anyone — over Pagan, sure

  8. Dave D says:
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    Great write up! One thing is for sure, they are Packy-ing it in because it would take a lot more than one Good win to get back into the playoff picture, and all we have is the same old Pujols.

    Could somebody tell Eppler and Moreno that Trout isnt getting any younger and it will take some starting pitchers (Clevinger) better than all of the furrent staff to get that done.

    Enjoy the greenbacks, Mr. Trout. No playoffs for you until youre traded to the Yanks at 35.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Member when they briefly had Stripling and Pederson?

      I guess Rendon was an attempt, but yeah they need some arms

      • Dave D says:
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        The only significant positive coming out of deadline is not trading Bundy. Hopefully they extend him and find two or three more like him. Im still not sold on Heaney or Canning. Talent is there but not nearly consistently enough. They are 4/5 in a good rotation. In a great one probably just middle relievers.

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    12 team 5×5 roto:

    Saves only league, I had both Rosenthal and Pagan prior to the trade.

    Would you drop either (or both??) for Holland (KC), Jeffress (CHC), or Castillo (TB)?

    • Crime dog says:
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      Drop Pagan for Jeffress

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with CD

  10. Will says:
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    Cubs got Maybin so they could finally put Almora out of his misery and ship him to South Bend. Take a peak at Almora’s numbers and you’ll understand.

    • Cram It says:
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      I didn’t even know he was still on the team…or on any team for that matter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sadly, Maybin’s not good either

  11. Five-on-One says:
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    Please rank the folling questionable closers:

    Jeffress, Holland, TWilliams, Pagan, [Arizona reliever]

    Thanks.

    • JKJ

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      Porbably that order honestly. Jeffress seems to be the man, and thus is ahead of Holland bc Royals. The rest I don’t feel great about getting consistent opportunities.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with JKJ

  12. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Amazing write up!

    What do you think of this offer?

    My: Blackmon and Bogaerts
    His: FTJ

    This offer might seem like a bit much, but Blackmon has been slumping lately, and the Red Sox are terrible. I figure I could slide one of my bench/UTIL players right into the OF spot.

    here’s my team:

    C: Kiner-Falefa
    1B: Olson
    2B: Villar
    3B: Hanser
    SS: Bogaerts
    MI: B. Lowe
    CI: Moreland
    OF: Harper
    OF: Acuna
    OF: Blackmon
    OF: Kyle Lewis
    UTIL: Grisham, Grichuk
    BENCH: Belt, Yaz
    IL: Austin Slater, Garver

    Thank you!

    • JKJ

      JKJ says:
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      If he’ll do it, go for it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Agree with JKJ

  13. Sandman says:
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    Also ROS: Riley or Hanser?

    I need average and HR… I see Riley hitting for avg right now, but do you think that’ll last? Thank you!

    • Cram It says:
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      For the next few days possibly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Riley

  14. Duntroon68 says:
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    I’m very excited about Hirano and Isan Diaz. If Maybin falls into regular playing time and can get it going, relatively, than that would be spectacular. My draft and hold has been a wonderful carousel of guys coming off the IL or getting jobs just as some other guy goes down. I stashed Pineda in the 47th round as well. I love the wackiness of different settings. I’m going to have to try an Only league next season.

    I couldn’t understand Diaz opting out. Here’s his chance to establish himself and he’s acting like a 35 year old veteran. No guarantee he has a job next year unless he plays. Maybe he has vulnerable relatives?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not to be too cynical, but maybe Marlins said Villar would block Diaz from playing time, then once he was traded they said he could come back and play if he wants

  15. Travis Hafner says:
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    Ian Anderson @BOS (-16.9)

    12 team league, am I starting? If not I should probably drop him. Worth the dice roll?

    • I am

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am

      • Wacky Packy Naughton says:
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        I am!

  16. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Wow, Preller stole Clevinger from Cleveland.

    • It’s a great move for SD but Cleveland got some nice pieces back…especially the pitcher

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        Time will tell on that one……..but i think his team mates in Cleveland did’nt want him back

        • Wake Up says:
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          I think that played a part but they’ve also had the best rotation without him and the SS they got back is good too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Wake, hard to judge any trade with prospects until a year or two later

  17. Wake Up says:
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    CLOSERS (possilbe)

    SD- Rosenthal (likely a committee)
    ARI- Crichton (logo is a snake, mascot is a cat, closer wrote Jurassic Park)
    DET- Soto (he is so good that not only is he the best hitter in MLB…now he is also closing in Detroit)

    • Wake Up says:
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      Oh add

      BAL- H Harvey
      KC- Barlow

    • Wake Up says:
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      Oh yeah add …

      BAL- H Harvey
      KC- Barlow

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Hoping Barlow and not Holland

        • Coolwhip

          Coolwhip says:
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          Holland got save last night

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yay, ugh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice on ARI, think Rondon, but who knows there

  18. Jah says:
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    10 team H2H points league where IP and K’s give a solid floor and W’s are worth 10 points if you get lucky. We can only start so many SP’s during the week. I’ve chosen a few already this week (Fried, Urias v AZ, Darvish, Carrasco) and have removed them from the list. Here are my available options:

    Fried v WAS (Fedde)
    Urias v COL (Marquez)
    Bundy v HOU (McCullers)
    McKenzie @ KC (Junis)
    Eflin v WAS (Sanchez)
    Dobnak v DET (Boyd)
    McCullers @ LAA (Bundy)
    Tanaka v TB (tbd)
    Tanaka @ BAL (Wojciechowski)

    1. Choose 4 of the above options?
    2. Any idea how long Tanaka will be on a pitch count?
    3. Would you drop Rowan Wick for Diego Castillo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Urias, Bundy, Fried, Hmm…Tough, Tanaka vs. BAL
      2. Maybe 75-80

      3. Yes

  19. Tom says:
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    We don’t hear much about Mondesi on these boards anymore.

    • NUX says:
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      Rather own Jon Berti

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he’s in a terrible slump

      • swaggerjackers says:
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        I hadn’t looked that closely at his stats and just assumed he was stealing bags but WOW, he sure has been bad.

        I guess all the haters were right on him and Pete Alonso so far.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  20. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    do you think Hanser Alberto worth hand on a little longer or is he back to earth for good? He had a nice run there but i think it is over.

    i had him filling at 2b while villar was out but seems to be wasting a roster spot now

    • Cram It says:
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      “Worth hand”? ;)

      He’s good for average, and that’s it.

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        hang onto ………….typing sux

        • Cram It says:
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          I know what you meant.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I own Hanser in a few leagues, he’s been fine, but I’d start Villar

  21. scoboticus says:
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    If Downtown Julie Brown’s going, I’m out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  22. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    ARI is straight up stupid, got about nothing for bradley, who’s cheap. first they barely let him start, then now he’s still cheap so why not throw him away just to make a move.

    • Wake Up says:
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      The OF they got back is actually good and Bradley is not that valuable.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Time will tell, but I do tend to agree it’s not much of a return

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Don’t think Bradley had a ton of trade value either

        • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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          turns out i was wrong on stuart, number 8 at ralph’s site for CIN. if it’s not too late to let bradley start though, still stupid. clearly not stupid enough to be called out for compared to what other teams do routinely (PIT’s previous regime cough cough)

  23. Lubes says:
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    Managed to lose two closers through all the moves this week :(

    H2h 5×5 so I do need to pick someone up for this week.

    Whose the best (ugh) of these options-
    – h Harvey
    – Hirano
    – j Guerra (or someone else?)

    Or keep romo for spec Ws/svs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hirano or Romo

  24. slevine1991 says:
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    Any idea where you may rank glasnow next year? Top 20 starter? Working out a deal for him in a dynasty league and trying to figure out if his value has gone up, down, or constant from end of last year

    • Cram It says:
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      He’s a stud, but I’d temper that with health issue concerns.

      • slevine1991 says:
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        thanks both, what do you think of trading brennen davis, jeter downs and brice turang for him? a bit too spendy?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          For Glasnow? Seems fair

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I doubt I own him, he can’t throw past the 6th inning even when he’s throwing a no-hitter

  25. lwomack58 says:
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    Tough question

    Currently I have Freeman, Cronenworth, Canha and Olson who all can play 1st.

    Out of the 4 Olsen has been HR’s or nothing. I need some pitching. Looking to drop Olsen and hang on to Croneworth and Canha because they can play more than 1 position.

    Would you drop Olsen for more pitching given who I already have or Canha. I do have McCutchen playing LF while I wait for the A’s to get back to playing. Have been playing Canha in LF.

    Have tried trading Olsen with not much luck.

    Thanks

    • Cram It says:
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      I guess if you’re not even playing Olsen, with Freeman at 1B he’s expendable, but I’d really try to Olsen for any pitcher better than what’s on the wire.

      • Cram It says:
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        *trade Olsen.

      • lwomack58 says:
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        Currently looking at D. WIlliams for K’s and Ratios or Fleming from TB. That’s who is on the wire right now.

        • lwomack58 says:
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          Also Romo as I have Taylor Rogers along with Iglesias as closers

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Romo

            • lwomack58 says:
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              You would drop Olsen for Romo?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Sure, if you’re not starting Olson

                • lwomack58 says:
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                  Ok. Thank you

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, time to move on

  26. Cohen says:
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    Dalbec or Heyward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dalbec

  27. MarvPesos

    Marv says:
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    Hey Grey,
    H2H 12-team cat. keeper (keep12) balanced stats (R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG, OPS,XBH / W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS), limit of 20 moves/year

    Thought’s on my team getting ready for playoffs next week (currently in 1st), trade deadline has passed, so any changes are now made from the Wire. Hopefully Buehler comes back in good shape, he’s def being missed with my SP’s

    Waiver:
    HIT –B. Belt, A. McCutchen, B. Miller, S. Ohtani, M. Moreland, C. Hernandez, J. Berti, K. Calhoun, S. Haggerty, D. Dahl (IL), J. Segura
    PIT – K. H Kim, R. Dobnak, M. Minor, M. Fiers, T. Anderson, B. Anderson, A. Mills, C. Kuhl, C. Smith
    RP – G. Holland, B. Kintzler, J. Jimenez, J. Jeffress, M. Barnes, T. Williams, G. Soto, D. Castillo

    My team:
    C – Y. Grandal
    1B – A. Rizzo
    2B – K. Marte
    3B – E. Suarez
    SS –T. Turner
    CI –P. Goldschmidt
    MI – I. Happ
    LF – C. Yelich
    CF – M. Conforto
    RF – R. Grichuk
    Util – L. Voit
    BN – J.D. Martinez DTD
    BN – D. Fletcher DTD
    BN – Y. Gurriel

    SP – D. Keuchel
    SP – S. Gray
    SP – A. Civale
    RP – J. Hader (RP)
    RP – A. Colome (RP)
    P – B. Hand (RP)
    P – C. Paddack
    BN – G. Marquez
    BN – C. Bassit
    BN – C. Burnes
    IL – C. Martinez (10-day)
    IL – W. Buehler (10-day)

    Thanks bud
    Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Marquez, Burnes for streamers for SPs, I’d look at matchups

      Fletcher for Berti if you need SBs, but I don’t know how you’re playing him anyway

  28. erad says:
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    I always want to use boon in a sentence but I always end up chickening out and use boom instead – what’s the deal with boon anyways?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Boom!

      • erad says:
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        Exactly

  29. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I just received two trade offers and want your take on the both.

    1) I trade Jo Adell for Jarred Kellenic.
    2) I trade Cronenworth ($5) and either Michael Brantley ($30) or Yuli Gurriel ($33) for Alex Bregman ($35), Mike Moustakas ($17) and $20 in cash. If I decide to do the second who should I pout in the deal? Brantley or Gurriel?

    What are your thoughts on both deals?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Meh

      2. Sure, Brantley or Gurriel, that order

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        THe deal became Cronenworth ($5) for bregman ($35) and $25 in salary. im jumping on that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            the real question now is what can I get SP,C wise for Brantley or Gurriel in a dynasty/keeper league

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, get someone good!

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                what are your thoughts of Brantley for Starling Marte?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I like it

                  • Scott Kimmel says:
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                    you are aware I am giving up Brantley

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh yeah

                  • Scott Kimmel says:
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                    he just said no, i’m waiting to hear from him as to who he would trade to acquire Brantley

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Okay

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      in fact I just learned that both Brantley and Gurriel are FA after the season. So i may just hold on to them and see where they end up. Personally, I think one stays and the other one moves on. I think Brantley stays in Houston and Gurriel moves on from Houston. What do you think?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      If you can’t move them for anything decent

  30. Doug says:
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    Grey, how do you feel about Franmil longterm? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like him, solid power

  31. Laguna BobbyI says:
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    Hey Grey, can you rank for me please? AVG and Runs are most needed. Laureano, Winker, Lourdes. Thank ya sir.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Winker, Lourdes

  32. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Taylor Rogers has a .436 babip against and a 51% strand rate. 10.95 k/9 .73 BB/9, good for a fip of 2 and xfip of 3.02.

    Shizz should get better for him, but in this joke of a “season” small sample sizes and luck reign supreme.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he was pretty unlucky yesterday

    • The Harrow says:
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      every time i’ve seen him this year he’s making hitters look bad. ain’t his fault if .436% of the time balls miss gloves. he’s not allowing crazy HR’s like e.diaz last year (the unluckiest RP last year, easily, possibly in many years)

  33. pjohnson says:
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    I have #1 waiver priority in dynasty keeper league where we can keep up to 20 players. Is Brendan McKay worth it with shoulder injury?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  34. slevine1991 says:
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    one more dynasty league q, which side would you prefer

    brandon woodruff
    stephen strasburg & ryan mountcastle

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mountcastle

  35. dontbichetteme says:
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    Morning grey,
    Finally dropped deadweight Pederson. Feel pretty good about that. Prepare for him to go on a tear now. Debating whether or not to hold onto Mize in a 12 team keeper league(keep 10). I know that he will get picked up if I drop him. But so far he has produced much at all and he wont be one of my top 10 keepers so…. I wouldnt be dropping him for any pitcher in particular. Just a streaming slot. But that may be more productive that what hes put up so far.
    What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d try to hold, but he’s not a keeper, so you do what you have to do

      • dontbichetteme says:
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        The other options are to drop either Karinchak, Buttrey or Jeffress. I have Melancon and Iglesias as well.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can lose Karinchak for a streamer

          • dontbichetteme says:
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            thanks again Grey

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  36. Joe Beísbol says:
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    1. Chapman or Suarez ROS? And how close is it for you?

    2. How do you rank Dom Smith, Santander, and Yas ROS (and how close)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Chapman, close

      2. Yaz, Santander, close

  37. Dong Show says:
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    Grey you think Voit is legit beyond this year? Really have liked what he has done since coming over to the Yankees. Advanced stats seem to favor what he is doing, but still a small sample size overall for this year. Feels like hes slowly turning into a top 5 type at his position.

    I flipped Kris Bryant and Javy Bazez for Voit and Moncada last night an hour before our league trade deadline. I feel good with that flip (I have Freeman, Correa and Jram at all those positions, so no loss for this year). Just something about Javy being this off scares me and Bryant just feels like a big name with more real life than fantasy value at this point.

    Appreciate you as always for all your hard work and responses to everyone! The only must-read comments section on the internet!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Voit looks great, stats back him up, I think he might be in Jose Abreu range next year

      Nice trade! Thanks!

      • Dong Show says:
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        Abreu was one of my targets before getting Freeman this year, so this makes me feel good.

        Have a great rest of your day! (I cant because I am forever a Pirates fan lol. Long way till this franchise sees the light again)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  38. Jingle Dahl the Way says:
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    Hanser Alberto or Nick Madrigal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Madrigal

      • ShortiveSchticks says:
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        Wasn’t Nick Madrigal one of those whimsical characters from Cats! the musical?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hahaha

  39. Jorge H says:
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    Adames or Swanson ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dansby

  40. slevine1991 says:
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    sorry for all the trade deadline qs, dynasty league still

    strasburg or
    bundy and jon gray

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Strasburg

  41. herschel says:
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    @Grey: you starting ian anderson at the sawx tonight (or would you)? 12 team mixed roto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am

  42. Dan says:
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    Still a bit of season left to go, but where do you see mondesi in the rankings next year? Was very high on him coming into this year but starting to question whether he’s still a keeper.

    Similarly curious on Laureano. Prolonged slumps in a short year, making it hard to evaluate some guys!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both will fall about 50 spots as of now, but there’s still half a season

      • William Hung says:
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        ooo if that estimation holds true, then I think that puts Mondesi at around when you usually draft your 1st or 2nd pitcher… will Grey not have Mondesi all over?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Would put him around 75 overall — 50-ish is 1st SP

  43. Rafael Kam says:
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    Hey Grey.. Just confirming, do you like Anderson @ Bos over Lindblom vs Detroit as streaming option for today?

    For two days I tried to use Matthew Boyd vs Minn despite your advising against it but they kept postponing and eventually I used the roster spot for a bat and of course Boyd did well. Twins really suck vs lefties! Eh, none of this matters anyway. I’m feeling the ennui of nobody giving good chase in my league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, but neither are ‘safe’ — I am streaming Anderson tho

  44. StevenTyler says:
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    In need of saves for the stretch run which two?

    Workman,Melancon,Hudson,Montero,Jeffress

    • StevenTyler says:
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      Castillo and Soto also available

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Melancon, Hudson

      • StevenTyler says:
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        Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  45. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey!

    How do you rank Belt, Riley and Alberto ROS?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Riley, Hanser, kinda depends on needs

      • Sandman says:
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        Where would Madrigal fit in? Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fit in with what?

  46. David says:
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    Shoop or moose

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schoop

  47. Gator says:
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    Is Bauer a top 10 starter next year? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems doubtful

  48. FrankGrimes says:
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    Top five 2021
    1 Acuña
    2 Soto
    3 Tatis
    4 trout
    5 Mookie

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems pretty close, could see top 4 moving around still

      • Wacky Packy Naughton says:
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        I’d drop Acuna to 4th and Trout out of Top 5. But I’m wacky.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wacky’s good

  49. scoboticus says:
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    Rosario vs CWS
    Or
    K Calhoun @ LAD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eddie

  50. scoboticus says:
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    Such a weird season. Feels like it’s time to start planning our keepers for next season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No time like the present

  51. FireRobManfred says:
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    Cal Quantrill going to Cleveland is giving me the same feeling as when Glasnow went to Tampa Bay. Hoping for some mechanical tweeks that turn him into a starter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Uh, maybe

  52. The Great Knoche says:
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    Villar hitting third? I was thinking hopeful it could be leadoff. Was setting myself up for 6,7 or 8. That’s gonna be a huge value boost if he stays there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Be shocked if he stays there, but sometimes new teams have literally no idea what they just acquired

      • William Hung says:
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        I’m hoping Villar just likes the AL more than the NL and we see 2019 Villar now

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That would be nice

  53. Joe Beisbol says:
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    So if you lean Chapman over Suarez (but close), and you had both, would you give up Suarez if it got you Corbin? I could use a boost in Ks and/or WHIP. And I already have Voit at DH and Ohtani on the bench.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, it’s fair

  54. scoboticus says:
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    What’s up with David Bell? Why is Castellanos batting 2nd? Is this why I keep getting so many more Runs than RBIs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, no idea

  55. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Bass or Buttrey in a saves only league? I’m concerned that Giles will return soon, and with bass having two bad outings he may be shifted soon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither? Buttrey

  56. Big Dog says:
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    I am streaming Lester tonight vs. Pittsburgh. Am I crazy?

    • Russ says:
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      A little bit crazy ya

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am too, but I might be crazy

  57. Play Ball says:
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    Blackmon or Merrifield ROS? R/RBI close. Whit more HR and 7 SB.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blackmon

  58. William Hung says:
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    Sonny Gray destroying our ratios – just didn’t have it today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  59. Rick Brown says:
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    Sonny Gray 2/3 of an inning and an ERA of 81!! Yikes!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good times!

      • Rick Brown says:
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        Soory Grey,didn’t know you had the misfortune of owning him too!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          All over the place, whee!

  60. Trader says:
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    Best stash given only a few weeks left? Yes, we also expect you to be a doctor!

    Giles, Salvador, Yandy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giles

      • Trader says:
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        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  61. Let’s Play Two says:
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    Machado or Arenado ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado

  62. rhodyballer says:
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    Can you rank the SAGNOF suckas please?

    Bradley, Hudson, Soto, Jimenez, Holland, Castillo, Bass

    Also pick up Dunning, Houser, Minor, Peterson, Gonsolin over Burnes?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hudson…….Soto, Holland

      I’d look at matchups, but maybe Gonsolin

  63. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    NL only with OBP over AVG, net steals over steals, total bases added, QS over wins, holds added 10 team roto (usually h2h but not this year)
    C suzuki
    1B freeman
    2B wong
    SS amed
    3B segura (2B/SS)
    MI lux (2B)
    CI votto (1B)
    OF (4): tapia, mcclutchin, harper, grisham
    util (1): mcneil (2B/3B)
    BN croenworth (1B/2B/SS)
    DL (10): pham
    SP: urias, gausman, cueto, antone (streamer spot), mahle, lindblom, richards, pab lop
    RP (4 max): raise the church, rainey, phelps, jeffress
    DL (10: musgrove, a.miller, stressbird, smyly, moronta

    waiver bids clock on guys traded the 30th-31st runs out tomorrow at night. i have 61/100 left. i have no chance on:
    -clevinger
    – austin nola

    but could win any of moreland (bid is 20 so far), goodwin, milone and a bunch of guys that are almost certainly worse than what i already have.

    1. moreland over votto here easily and just pay up? could also drop amed i guess, move cronenworth to SS, votto or one of the OF gets benched most of the time.
    2. milone over streamer spot? (leaving only remaining money almost after this).

  64. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    well THAT was a nice stream in 2 deep leagues a-dick

  65. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    yep, more players that once they stopped getting jerked around by maddoning (j.baez for a few years before being allowed steady playing time too), in happ

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