Oh the deadline, where championships are dreamed about, and futures are mortgaged. Is there ever a time where the worlds of redraft and dynasty collide more? You have your redraft owners hoping their closers don’t lose their jobs, or that their hitters, and pitchers are moved to better surroundings. The dynasty owners are worried about those same things, but also hoping their blocked higher minors prospects get moved to greener pastures with opportunities waiting with a big league club. It’s also a time when veterans are moved out to make way for those potential future stars waiting in the wings. It’s a busy time for your humble Prospector. I have a lot of thoughts about prospects on the move, some got the call, some got the other kind of call, and some are waiting for one or the other. Obviously I’m alluding to a call from their doctors regarding their “tests results”….Actually I might have just had a flashback to that time I wrote for the Des Moines Medical Journal. Corn farm injuries are gruesome people.

The Traded

Anderson Espinoza, RHP Padres: At this point Espinoza’s jump to the pitcher’s paradise by the sea has been discussed ad nauseum. It’s easy, Espinoza jumps to a better fantasy situation long term, as he avoids the potential snakepit that is the AL East. That has crushed so many young and talented pitchers. He also gets the Petco boost, which should do wonders for his long term value. After the Urias’, Glasnow’s, Giolito’s, and others graduate, it will be the new(est-er) Padre that takes the reins as the top spec arm in the game.

Dan Vogelbach, 1B Mariners: The Jelly Donut of Swat, I love me some Vogelbach. Vogie the plus size titan, watch his attack. He’s always had approach and a MLB ready hit tool, now he’s added some power to his game. How much of it is PCL aided, time will tell. I expect to conquer Adam Lind and absorb his powers, by mid-August.

Gleybar Torres, SS Yankees: I feel as though a lot of fantasy owners saw that Torres was listed as the top prospect in a deep Cubs system and said, “Damn that’s a get by the Yanks!” When in reality it was a very solid baseball move , but far less exciting from a fantasy standpoint. Torres is a low minors middle infielder with a lot of “intangibles”. I ranked him 50 in my mid-season Top 100 update, and I might slide him further down knowing he more than likely won’t stick at short. There’s some power in the bat, but his plus hit tool, and above average speed are what make him a potential fantasy asset.

Billy McKinney, OF Yankees: Is McKinney underrated or overrated? It’s a question I’ve bounced around on him for while. Don’t get me wrong McKinney is a future MLB bat, but is he going to be an ownable player in 12 team mixed leagues one day? My thought is no, particularly if the power doesn’t develop. McKinney’s value as a real life hitter is all about hit tool and approach. Which are valuable assets in real life, but not the kind of things that make my fantasy owner pants tighter.

The Promoted

Alex Bregman, SS Astros: The start so far has been a bit rocky, 0 for 7 with a walk and three strikeouts is not what I, and others have billed him as. The sample size is small, so be patient, if he has a big game today those first two games will fade into distant memory. The tools are there, and I’d be shocked if we’re talking about A.J. Reed type struggles a few weeks from now. If you got him in any format, put him in your lineup and keep the faith, he’s going to be a good one for years to come.

Joey Gallo, 1B/3B/OF Rangers: Grey spoke on him a bit this morning, and the concerns are still the same with Gallo, strikeouts and playing time. We’ve seen improvements this season in AAA on the strikeout front, as his K% has dipped to an acceptable level. The playing time questions are far more tricky to decipher. He started at first base last night with Mitch Moreland handling the DH duties. With Prince Fielder on the shelf, this should open up a real opportunity for Gallo. As long as he can get on base, keep the K’s around 30%, and showcase that mammoth power on which his prospect star has been built. I for one am excited to see Gallo get a real look. He’s got the perfect situation if the playing time is there, he’s in a good lineup flush with talented MLB hitters, he plays his home games in a good hitter’s park, and as a fantasy player he offers multi-position eligibility that gives owners the flexibility they love.

Raul A. Mondesi, SS Royals: This is a tough one to gauge for a few reasons, chief among them is Mondesi’s suspension earlier in the season for PEDs. While his numbers in some regards are better pre-suspension (5 homers pre to 2 homers post), his post-suspension slashline actually improved to .286/.339/.476 from .250/.304/.462 pre-suspension. It should also be mentioned that the majority of his post-suspension stats were from AAA, a level he hadn’t seen previously. The real issue with Mondesi is what’s the finished product going to look like? He’s always been young for each level he’s played at, he turns 21 today (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!), but there are some troubling parts of his game. Particularly his lack of walks, questionable hit tool, and lack of power. I personally believe the finished product could be quite similar to teammate Alcides Escobar with more strikeouts, and maybe a touch more speed. He’s a streamer for SAGNOF in re-draft this year, and not a player I’d target in Dynasties.

David Dahl, OF Rockies: Sweet funk juice, a top Rockies hitting prospect with 5 category contributor written all over him. So far through two games, no fireworks, but it’s early and Dahl has yet to step foot in a batter’s box at Coors. He should be owned everywhere, every league, every format. If you own Jason Heyward and Dahl’s on the wire, drop the sandwich, open up a new tab on your browser and add him already. I’d take your password and do it for you, but I’d probably drop all your players for AA guys. What can I say I love Rookie Nookie. I love it so much I capitalize it.

Braden Shipley, RHP Diamondbacks: I really don’t like discussing rookie pitchers because they rarely help you right from the jump. There’s a lot more Jose Berrios’ than Michael Fulmer’s ya dig? Shipley’s first start went as expected, not good… He went 5.1, gave up 6 ernies, and struckout 4. He’s strictly a matchup play against bad lineups, and in Petco, which is redundant. The K upside is limited, another player I’d avoid in re-draft.

Waiting For Calls

Andrew Benintendi, OF Red Sox: You have to be sick of me talking about him at this point. He’s being rumored as a must have by the White Sox in any potential Chris Sale deal, whether Dombrowski and company will pull the trigger and include him remains to be seen. Then again it’s Dombrowski, you know he’s dying to trade the entire system for Sale. If he makes it past July 31 with the Sox, expect a call up soon thereafter.

Yoan Moncada, 2B Red Sox: Please don’t trade him. Ralph……

Austin Meadows, OF Pirates: Unfortunately Meadows has been on the shelf for the last month with a hamstring injury. Was I supposed to call it balky? Sorry I preferred Cousin Larry. With the Pirates still very much in the playoff race, and a starting rotation cobbled together with bags of crap and strings, Meadows could be moved for a pitcher. Even with McCutchen’s age inching toward the wrong side of 30, he’s still a better fit for the Pirates for the next few years next to Marte and Polanco. The economics of the game are the only reason Meadows could supplant Cutch next season.

Clint Frazier, OF Indians: The Tribe is in the thick of it this year, and have been rumored to be sniffing around everyone from Aroldis to Jonathan Lucroy. If any major MLB assets land in the “Mistake by the Lake” it’s going to be at the expense of Frazier or fellow top prospect Bradley Zimmer.

Francis Martes, RHP Astros: Houston has climbed out of an early season abyss to find themselves only mere games outside the division and wild card. With potential offensive upgrades coming from within I wouldn’t be surprised if Houston is silently trying to pull off a trade for a frontline pitcher. The 20 year old pitcher is the type of high end pitching prospect that could make moving on from a Chris Sale easier to swallow for a now rebuilding Chi-Sox.

Others Waiting For Calls: Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot, Reynaldo Lopez, Cody Bellinger, Jose de Leon, Alex Reyes, and Amed Rosario.

If you’re seeing rumors on anyone else feel free to share in the comments and we can discuss.

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  1. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Great post, Ralph. Here here on the Yoan trade rumors.

    In my redraft 12 teamer, I have top waiver priority right now and both Bregman and Dahl are available, but I’ve got to rank one over the other. My infield (Pujols, Altuve, Story, Corey Seager, Lamb, Baez, Turner) and outfield (Betts, Springer, Polanco, Belt, Beltran, JoRam) are both pretty filthy and I am top 2 in all offensive categories except AVG (top 3) and SB (top 5 and climbing thanks to Turner).

    In terms of the best pure bat that you think would best help my team, would you recommend Dahl over Bregman due to the Coors effect and SB potential, or still Bregman first as the top prospect?

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: First off that team is dirty! Bregman gives you most depth help at third where you have lamb, and I hope Seager or Baez has 3B elig. I love dahl but he has some questions in terms of staying up and your OF is perfect.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks a lot! Would be in first, except my aces were all Grey-favs like Archer (boo), T Ross (boo), Carrasco (woo!), so I’m in second, but chasing first!

        Yes, Baez is all infield elig (seager is SS only). Thanks, agreed on Dahl, though I’ll still see if I can luck out and grab him or an Alex Dickerson type.

        Bregman would be my second bench bat, with JoRam, but with Lamb and Polanco in particular on the DTD front, I’ve been spelling them in a lot. I’m actually hoping I can grab Bregman, then flip him or another bat when he gets hot for a pitcher.

        Speaking of, if Bregman did get hot, who what sort of pitcher would you be happy flipping him for? Someone in the top upper 20-upper 30 range like Shoemaker, Hammel, McCullers?

          • The Hack Formerly Known as Hate says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: I see question marks in that outfield for the stretch run. I think Dahl is the better get considering all are looking like back-ups

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @The Hack Formerly Known as Hate: He doesn’t have a third baseman outside Lamb and Baez. He’s got a lot of Outfielders. Betts, Springer, Polanco, and Belt. I guess you question Ramirez and Beltran, but both have been good, and both will play. At worst he needs one more guy. You can find a useful OF in a league where Bregman is still available.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz: I just see a lot of injury history in that group

  2. Joe says:
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    Would you drop Ziegler to add Dalh, given that Kimbrel is on his way back?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Joe: Hmmmm if you have three other closers sure. Dahl gives more value a week or two out particularly if either Blackmon or Car-Go move.

  3. malamoney

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    Thought about heading to Pawtucket tonight to watch Berrios, but doesn’t look like I will make it. You going?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @malamoney: No not tonight, lots going on with the family tough to make it. I was in Syracuse when he pitched there while Turner was still on the team and didn’t make it. I’d love to go.

      We need to catch a game at McCoy before the season is over though.

  4. Challls says:
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    Hey Ralph,

    Should I trade Pomeranz and Hamels for Gerrit Cole & Kenley Jansen? Advanced stats say Hamels is due for a regression (although they’ve said that all year) and Pomz is going to far surpass previous innings high. What do you think?

    H2H points league in which Ks are worth 2 pts, wins 5, and saves 4 – lineups lock daily

    Rest of my pitching roster is below less Pomz and Hamels – I would probably drop Betances after this trade, freeing up another spot to stream SPs, which I’ve been pretty effective at:

    Salazar
    deGrom
    Gray
    Vinny Velazquez
    DeSclafani
    Betances
    Kimbrel (DL)
    Homer Bailey (DL)

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Challls: make the deal

  5. Brian says:
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    16 team dynasty 6×6 h2h. k/bb extra cat and QS instead of W. looking for some sp depth and sitting in 1st by 21 games.
    not many SPs on the market and prices pretty high. of these prospects/picks, are there any you would not trade to acquire mike leake….tyler oneil, verdugo, brett phillips, cease, yusniel diaz, 3rd rd pick (probably around pick 46-48).

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Brian: Only Diaz and Cease would be moved by me for leake. The others are too good for him.

  6. Adam says:
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    Would u drop pagan or Napoli and pick up
    Trea turner or Dahl or Dickerson (sd)
    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Adam: Pagan and Nap for Turner and Dahl.

      If it can only be one, go with Pagan for Turner. He’s a little safer than Dahl in terms of demotion/promotion.

  7. RePete says:
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    No mention of Alex Reyes or Jose De Leon under waiting for calls? Rumors are flying about Reyes getting a shot on Saturday and De Leon has nothing left to prove in the minors. Does your stance on avoiding rookie pitchers apply to these two as well; are you expecting them to make any impact this year? Thanks for all your prospect updates!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @RePete: Both have been added. I did that last part at 2:55 lol. Running tight on time today sorry guys!

      I’m weary of Reyes outside the right matchup. The K upside is certainly there.

      DeLeon should be there now, he’s done everything he could do. Call “em up already Zaidi!

      Oh crap if Trump is elected he might deport the Dodgers GM and a large chunk of their fans. Not good…

  8. Harper'sBetterThanTrout says:
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    Ralph, loveeed reading your article, as usual.

    Two questions regarding keepers (can keep up to 15 per season). Who do you think will be better next season, Taillon or Giolito?

    Second, do you see any of them being in the top 150 overall? As I can keep up to 15, I may consider one of them to continue on my team.

    Cheers!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Harper’sBetterThanTrout: Both are top 150 in keeper leagues now. If Taillon can pitch 180 innings I think he has a better 2017. Could be close though.

  9. Scott says:
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    Bregman hasn’t had an easy time of it. First a resurgent Pineda and then the ageless Sabathia. Today he faces Tanaka! At least he gets Thursday to adjust and then face Matt Boyd on Friday.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Scott: Haha he’ll get his hits just you wait.

  10. philbe says:
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    Kermaier or Dickerson ? Could Dickerson be another Duvall

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @philbe: Dickerson. No way he doesn’t have that sort of power, maybe a solid hitter with some slight power and avwrage

  11. Mike says:
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    Dynasty league trade…5×5 league. Rounds are next to player

    Salazar (10) or AJ Reed (5)

    Who do you want? I’m rebuilding currently

    • The Hack Formerly Known as Hate says:
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      @Mike: If that’s Danny Salazar then I would take him in the 10th. That’s crazy good value for an ace

  12. Your mom says:
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    Hi, was offered cmart for dahl and desclafani. Should i take it? Keeper league but i doubt im keeping any of the three.
    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Your mom: If you need a hitter then yes.

  13. PancakeMaker says:
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    What are your Eddy Julio Martinez thoughts? I picked him up in my league’s prospect draft last year and the past couple weeks I’ve been getting asked about him a lot, not being offered much more than bench bat/lower tier set up type guys in return though so I haven’t pulled the trigger on moving him.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @PancakeMaker: He’s been destroying A ball. Real nice power/speed combo.

  14. muskysmell says:
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    I own stocks on Bregman, Dahl, and Benintendi in my keeper league. And I’m in 1st place =D

    Who you likin’ more Dahl or Benintendi ROS and overall for future years?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @muskysmell: Dahl this year, and Benintendi long term.

  15. WM says:
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    Awesome work and greatly appreciated.

    On your top 100 prospects for the second half, you had Clint Frazier ranked higher than David Dahl. However, you have also stated that you did not think Dahl would be called up before September. Now that Dahl was called up earlier than anticipated, does Dahl jump Frazier or do you still think Frazier is the better fantasy baseball prospect?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @WM: Long term I like Frazier more he’s got more power and equal speed maybe. I love Frazier. They are close.

  16. Foxy says:
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    Nice Balky/Cousin Larry connection!! Need more. hehehehe

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Foxy:Hey STRANGER, It’s the PERFECT reference

  17. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    Rest of season who u like? Alex Dickerson or Dahl?

  18. Mike says:
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    I asked this question in your last post but apparently the conversation already went stale. I’ve got 1st pick coming up in my dynasty league and I’m torn between Vogelbach and Dahl. Also debating on whether to hold Tomas or Judge to go after them. Thx for any advice and great read.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mike: Dahl all day. I’d dump Tomas and hold Judge. If it’s both to grab Dahl than dump judge. Dahl>Judge>Vogelbach>Tomas

      • Mike says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: What are your thoughts on Brinson, Conforto vs these guys long term?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Mike: I’d put them between Judge and Vogelbach.

      • Hugman says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Speaking of Judge, what’s the latest? If they move Beltran, do we grab Judge?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Hugman: He’s on the DL with a knee sprain.

          • Hugman says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Oof, that sucks. I knew he had been on the DL, but didn’t know it was a knee sprain. After drafting Rendon in the second round last year, I don’t fuss with knee sprains. But hey, one less prospect to keep track of!

  19. Beacon of Bliss says:
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    So you expect Gallo to become a Georgetown financier?

      • Beacon of Bliss says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Nice work here. I’m big on Frazier too. Not so much on Beni but Moncada and Dahl are legit. Scouted them both a lot this year. My guess is that Beni gets moved and they hold on Yoan.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Beacon of Bliss: Yeah Dahl is slowly inching closer and closer to passing Benintendi. I love Beni so that’s saying a lot. He’s my Giancarlo.

  20. Jackie Moon says:
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    Thoughts on Eloy Jiminez and where he ranks in a dynasty format? Already have Dahl and Beni. Wondering if I should nab Eloy as well. About where do you see Dahl ranking next season?

  21. Balky?? Cousin Larry?? You sure u dont just watch too much old tv shows??

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @SF Pete: I haven’t watched in years, but Bronson Pinochot still irks me

  22. Hometown Heroes says:
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    Ralph good post as always. Who would you rather have for an AL only keeper league prospect. Sam Travis or Voglebach? Travis probably will be back for the start of next year while Vogel will probably get some time this year in the majors. Thanks!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Hometown Heroes: Vogelbach, I’m worried about Travis’ knee

  23. David says:
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    Please rank for dynasty: Reed, Bird, Vogelbach.

    Also, ‘Cutch or Benintendi in a dynasty. Thanks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @David: I think you ranked them.

      Depends what you’re looking to do. Benintendi is a better piece for a team a few years out, and Cutch for a win now the next 2-3 years.

  24. goodfold2 says:
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    30 team dynasty with OPS/holds added. team currently out of playoffs at 14th, has been anywhere from 8th-16th in my 2.6ish year tenure of the team. for next year only players on the books
    C d’arnaud (.4 mil league min till end of 2017)
    CI beltre (10.5 mil 2017)
    CI
    MI segura (will likely franchise or restrict tag him)
    MI
    OF (3) drury (.4 2019, or CI)
    rosario (.4 2018)
    altherr (.4 2019)
    also have d.alvarez, cozens, a.rondon (TB) could make impact next year (all league min for years)
    SP davies (.4 2019)
    sale (WILL franchise him for the real life cheap 6.5 mil)
    quintana (likely SHOULD tag him somehow)
    urena (finally looking decent .4 2018)
    RP n.jones (5.348 mil 2018)
    m. cabrera (.4 2019)
    also have m.ynoa (possible holds at WSOX), r.lopez, j.sherfy (all league min for years)

    having all of liriano (11.5), l.martin (3.1), melancon (6.5), hellickson (5.103) on expiring contracts, is c.shaw CI SF good enough get for melancon or keep shopping (or ask for pick with him)? only get 3 tags per year, 110 million budgets.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: prospects are free until called up, and i have 3 open prospect spots. only 1 pick per round in the 5 round draft in january.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @goodfold2: I’d want more than Shaw and a pick. If that’s all you can get by the deadline take it though

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: another offer is
          m.johnson MI LAD (min till end of 2019)
          godley SP ARI (min till end of 2019)
          b.lawrie (rental, 6.4)

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            @goodfold2: a.faulkner RP TEX (.4 2019) added to 2nd offer.

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              @goodfold2: i told the guy above none of those together are as good as another offer i have (the shaw one)
              another 2 owners showed up and have these guys:
              1. a.mejia SP, demeritte (doubt he moves these for melancon), but also has woodford SP STL, rowdy tellez, any of that better than shaw SF?

              2. c.tucker MI PIT, kuhl, kaminsky SP CLE, k.newman PIT

              everybody i mentioned is on rookie contracts min till end of 2019
              if shaw’s just better than these i could take shaw now, before he gets moved to somebody else.

  25. Rufus Xavier Sasparilla says:
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    Ralph-
    In a 16 team H2H dynasty, who would you drop at catcher–Sandy Leon or Gary Sanchez. I don’t mind slotting Sanchez and getting nothing until he’s called up again…which will be when, do you think?

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Rufus Xavier Sasparilla: If you don’t need production go Sanchez. As for the callup could be next week or September. I’m not sure, he could get dealt as well.

      • Rufus Xavier Sasparilla says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks. Sandy has been pretty good so far, though. A nice waiver wire pickup, but I will need to drop someone when guys start leaving the DL.

  26. Rufus Xavier Sasparilla says:
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    And you are right about gruesome injuries. I just realized a few years ago that both my parents had an uncle with a hook in place of the hand that was lost in a farm accident.

      • Rufus Xavier Sasparilla says:
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        @Shill Team 6: Ha ha. No, I’m not from THAT type of family.

        • Shill Team 6 says:
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          @Rufus Xavier Sasparilla: Things in this post that would suggest otherwise;
          1. Two(or so you say) uncles who can shuck a corn cob in .2 sec
          2. Rufus
          3. Xavier
          4. Sasparilla

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Shill Team 6: HA!!! Good catch Shill

  27. Mike says:
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    And Tomas jacks 2 more homers to make things more complicated. What gives with this guy.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mike: I have that effect on Cubans and women. It’s reverse juju

  28. Shill Team 6 says:
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    You know Dombrowski has his finger on that Moncada trigger.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Shill Team 6: He fingers the trigger over and over again, and reflects on his life. I’ll start cheering for the Rays if he does it.

  29. Sasquatch sluggers says:
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    De Leon or Espinoza long term keeper forever? Thanks!

  30. Wild Thing says:
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    Hi Ralph,

    I’m struggling with how to build out my 7 person bench in a $260 total cap H2H league where SPs are slightly more valuable especially in two-start weeks. My team is 11-5 so I should be in win now mode but my love of prospects is

    One other wrinkle is that it’s a contract league where the first two years guys are super cheap $1-3 then I need to sign them to deals based on $5 per year annually each year. So a $1 guy would be $16 each year for 3 years if signed to a 3 year deal.

    Okay with that here’s my team.

    C – Realmuto $1 (2018 signing)
    1B – Goldschmidt $25 for 3 years
    2B – Pedrioa $15 (2018)
    SS – Bogaerts $21 for 3 years
    3B – Muphy $1 (2017)
    OF – Polanco $16 for 2 years
    OF – Naquin $1 (2018)
    OF – Chris Davis $25 (2018)
    DH – Todd Frazier $5 (gone after this year)

    SP – JoFer $21 for 3 years
    SP – Scherzer $57 gone after this year
    SP – Cueto $13 gone after this year
    SP – Archer $11 gone after this year
    SP – Bundy $1 signed in 2018

    Current Bench, all not signed until 2018
    Giolito $6, Moncada $11, Benintendi $1, Devers $1, Meadows $1, Zimmer $1, Bregman $1

    So do I cut a bunch of the bench guys to pick up SPs like Manaea and De Leon and if so who. Or do I just hold? Or do I go even more in for prospects (crazy I know) and cut Pedrioa and move Murphy to 2B, Frazier to 3B and DH Bregman? Clint Frazier and Victor Robles are on the WW.

    Thanks!

    • Wild Thing says:
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      @Wild Thing:

      Haha… my love of prospects is an addiction. If loving them is wrong, I don’t wanna be right!

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        @Wild Thing: @Wild Thing:

        Prospects that are available on the WW are: (in case I cut Pedrioa)

        Clint Frazier
        Josh Hader
        Victor Robles
        Brett Phillips
        Jose De Leon
        Ian Happ
        Anderson Espinoza

        Thoughts?

        Remember these guys need to be playing the majors before ideally signing them to long-term deals.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Wild Thing: knowing that I’d swap out Devers for Fazier otherwise hold

          • Wild Thing says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz:

            Thanks Ralph. Funny that plan makes so much sense now that you said it!

  31. Puigy Smalls says:
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    Great read as always. Not so much geared towards fantasy, but what did my Braves get in Travis demerritte? I’m reading nothing but good things (considering what we got him for), but that he profiles as best case scenario a dan uggla/Javier baez skill set. Any inside info or personal thoughts?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Puigy Smalls: They got a power/speed middle infielder with a lot upaide but some swing and miss in his game

  32. DoubleDroppingDueces says:
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    I’ve been keeping a close eye on Amir Garrett and Joe Musgrove. Do you think either is up this year and if both are called up, which do you prefer?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @DoubleDroppingDueces: I prefer Musgrove for this year. Garrett could struggle in that park and not get many wins. Garrett’s upside is higher while Musgrove has the better floor for his year.

  33. Jason Morgan says:
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    Who do you expect to be the best call ups next June?

    Who will be the top pitchers and hitters?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Jason Morgan: That’s a tough question to answer because so much changes. For example I didn’t foresee this from Bregman.

      • Jason Morgan says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: If it was easy then I wouldn’t need your input. Give me three pitchers/hitters that you see starting 2017 in the minors and being called up that you think have a good shot at being solid. Players that might become studs in years to follow.

  34. Fred McGriff says:
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    If you could pick 4 who will have the biggest fantasy impact long term out of these who would it be in a Dynasty H2H?

    Mateo
    Happ
    Hader
    Honeywell
    K Tucker
    Nick Williams

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Fred McGriff: Tucker, Williams, Happ, and Hader

  35. Test Kitchen says:
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    Ralph,

    Who would you rather have in dynasty, Reed or Gallo?

    Thanks

  36. Landisimo3 says:
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    Yo Ralph keep up the awesome work…. Would you add Moniak in a 12 team dynasty / 10 farm…

    I have
    Crawford
    Maitan
    Lazarito
    Albies
    Naylor
    Tapia
    Glasnow
    Taillon
    Morejon
    Hoffman

    Thank you as always!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Landisimo3: Yes over Lazarito

  37. The JoGarza says:
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    Hey Ralph,

    In a 16-tm dynasty with OBP instead of AVG, drop one of D.Tate, T.Mancini, R.Quinn for Demeritte and/or Allard?

  38. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    20 team h2h dynasty with defensive stats (assists, putouts, double plays, fielding %, outfield assists), and BB’s, OPS added for hitters and holds, relief wins, shutouts, double plays, relief appearances, QS, OBPA for pitchers.
    C salvy
    1B fatt adams
    2B forsythe
    SS andrus
    3B beltre
    LF j.upton
    CF joc
    RF stanton
    util gyorko
    BN delino/profar/mazara (we have to have 3 or 4 BN bats out of our 4 BN spots)
    DL choo/fielder (my roster finally doesn’t have a dead hole in it)
    NA brinson/dahl/gallo/vogelbach
    SP liriano/darvish/hammel/V2/archer/k.sampson CIN (added before news that bailey is back and he’s back to RP, but now i can’t add another SP with gallo/dahl stuck in NA slots) 5 starting SP slots and 1 max BN pitcher.
    RP cedeno/giles/estevez/romo/tolleson/diekman/kela
    DL cobb
    NA urias
    9 minimum TEX players. got an offer of
    odubel/blackmon/wheeler/bradley (who i dropped at start of year, no room to save)
    for my
    j.upton
    V2

    know i’d rather have V2 than both of wheeler/bradley, but is blackmon + odubel enough to make up for that? biggest problem would seem that my earlier franco for joc deal makes me have too many OF’ers to do this one, plus if upton goes back to upton pre-2016 i’d lose a lot of HR’s. added Joc from needing a producing CF more than 3B, and needing steals (which joc should have).

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Grey likes it, but it gives me (also have moss on DL)
      all of
      C salvy
      1B moss (or vogelbach)
      2B forsythe
      SS andrus
      3B beltre (unless he retires)
      LF blackmon
      CF odubel/joc
      RF stanton
      util gallo
      BN dahl/profar and one of choo/delino
      NA brinson
      this means i drop in offseason (or earlier) fielder/gyorko/adams and one of moss/vogelbach
      SP archer/darvish/urias/hammel/bradley/cobb
      RP giles/kela/diekman/tolleson and one of romo/estevez/cedeno (or both of choo/delino)
      meaning i drop liriano/wheeler
      with all that which side you got, i clearly lose short term, maybe long too on pitching, gain big time on steals, and if upton goes back to earlier upton i lose HR’s too.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: one way this trade could work is immediately afterwards i trade joc + forsythe to the LAD owner for Odor, that sound good?

  39. Nation says:
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    i know your policy on older guys outside your window, but what kind of prospect would give for someone like myers or hosmer? Team is bereft of a 1b and we have rodgers/mondessi/barreto piled at SS. Would you move story for myers straight up? Fangraphs has story as a 45 FV, but with his current success and pace makes me hesitant to move him. Im trying to go for moveable guys on winning teams but havent had a ton of success

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Nation: Yeah I’d try and move others first. Those Fangraphs grades aren’t updated. I think they’re a few years old.

  40. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Hi Ralph, thanks again for your prospect work.

    Curious about your opinion on some prospects that have had breakout campaigns this year:
    Mitch Haniger, OF, ARI
    Samir Duenez, 1B, KC
    Edwin Rios, 1B/3B, LAD
    Tito Polo, OF, PIT

    I like to try to stay ahead of these guys before they land on top prospect lists at the end of this season, and grab them when I can in my deeper dynasty leagues.

    Much appreciated!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Drexel Hill Dragons: I’m a big fan of Tito Polo in particular like the power speed skill set.

      Rios has just popped into the radar for me. Not shocked the Dodgers churn out good ones.

  41. himom says:
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    Berrios comin’ up

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